Friday, September 22, 2017

Hello to all the Pigeon Lake residents....just wanted to send a note to let you know that as of November 30 I will officially no longer be a resident at 10054 County Hwy N.  I have sold my home to a couple, Jean and Peter Solac, and they are interested in meeting all of you.  They are kayakers and hikers and love the quiet of our little lake and will be taking over December 1. 

On Saturday, October 21, from 4-7 I'm hosting a light supper and farewell to family and friends and each of you are invited to stop by and give me a chance to say good by to all of you.  I would love to see you then.

For just a little history, my folks bought this property in 1957 and my brother and I took over in 1990.  So there has been a Ringelstetter here for 60 years.  Roger still has his property by the road but it is also for sale.....end of delightful and decades long fond memories for all of us. 

Mary Ringelstetter


Bayfield County Zoning Commission.

Hello Everyone,
Please read the results of a Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting yesterday, included below.
BY February 2018, the Bayfield County Zoning Commission may have a plan to effectively return shoreland zoning rights to the County of Bayfield.

This would mean that the county would return to determining lot size, setback and etc, rather than the STATE government mandates of “one size fits all”  for all lakes in Wisconsin. The state currently says that a Lake in the middle of Madison is the same as a pristine lake in Northern Wisconsin. Thus, all lakes can be developed to the same degree.  The State’s rules open up many shoreland options for development that are detrimental to the health of the lakes. Their rules also  allow cabins every 50 feet of shoreline, rather than any county’s previous rules. In Bayfield County, a class 3 lake such as Pigeon requires 300 feet of frontage for new dwellings. Lake classifications were also done away with by Act 55, but there is hope we can regain that as well

This is a huge protection for our lakes. Many thanks to the folks who wrote to the Zoning Commission voicing their opinions against ACT 55. It seems as our voices were heard and that our elected officials are listening!

Also, please, if you are able, consider attending the Bayfield County Lakes Forum Meeting (Flier attached) on October 7 at the Drummond Town Hall.

Trish


From: Ellen Lafans [mailto:ehlafans@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2017 11:44 AM
To: Ellen Lafans <ehlafans@gmail.com>
Subject: Bayfield County Zoning and Planning Committee Meeting 9.21.17

Hello all,  
Yesterday, our hardworking Bayfield County Planning and Zoning Committee agreed to work with lake associations and towns and to have a plan set by Feb. 2018 on zoning issues. (As many of you are aware, lake classifications, ordinances & protections were gutted by something call ACT 55.)
I spoke very briefly at the very start of the committee meeting in favor of this before they discussed this issue. I described that I was from BCLF, and that myself and Roger Dreher were willing to work with them on behalf of the BCLF. I presume that appropriate folks and other experts will be working with Jennifer Croonberg-Murphy from the zoning administration to come up with plans. They will be dividing groups into two groups, on shore land and other lands, so that we can concentrate on shore land. They did not describe how they would find experts to work with them...
Susan Hedman and others did a marvelous job of laying the groundwork for this work to begin.  See below email from Susan outlining this idea as well as flier about meeting.
We will be further discussing this at our BCLF annual meeting on Oct 7th @ 10 am in Drummond. Please invite those that would be interested in this issue as this will be a very good meeting that is at the heart of why we need BCLF as well as our lake associations! Every Bayfield County Lake Association should send at least one rep. 
If you know of folks interested in serving on the BCLF Board, we will be electing officers at this time. 
Best regards,
Ellen Lafans
Board member:  BCLF  
Crystal Lake/Cable
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Susan Hedman <susan.hedman@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Subject: Bayfield County Zoning
To: "William D. Bussey" <wbussey@bayfieldcounty.org>
Hi Bill –
The Bayfield County Planning and Zoning Committee’s recent decision to postpone consideration of proposed shoreline zoning amendments has generated a lot of discussion among Towns and Lake Associations.  Those discussions have focused primarily on options to amend the County’s general zoning ordinance, since DNR guidance makes clear that Act 55 does not prevent counties from using general zoning authority to continue to regulate density, lot size, setbacks, multiple unit developments, land uses, etc. to protect public health, safety and welfare – provided general zoning provisions more restrictive than Act 55 do not apply exclusively to shoreland.  For instance, Bayfield County's general zoning ordinance could be amended to:
·         Operationalize the bank and bluff setback provision in the proposed shoreline zoning amendments, by creating a county-wide overlay district based on soil suitability and slope -- showing zones where development is permitted, prohibited or subject to conditional uses. Bayfield County developed a preliminary version of such an overlay district during its comprehensive planning process when it published a "Natural Resources Protection Areas" overlay map in the county's Comprehensive Plan:
·         Update zoning classicfications to ensure consistency with densities in Comprehensive Land-Use Plans that have been developed by the County and Towns; and
·         Update open-space requirements for Multiple Unit Developments.
UW Extension land use experts (Tim Kane and Brian Ohm) have identified several zoning ordinances that other Wisconsin counties have adopted to address some of these issues:
  • Buffalo County has a steep soils overlay district and a suitable soils overlay district in the county zoning ordinance:  http://www.buffalocounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/724.  
  • Waukesha County has an ordinance restricting development in areas of shallow groundwater.  This provision is in Waukesha County’s stormwater ordinance and is referenced in the zoning ordinance.  A copy of the Waukesha ordinance is attached to this e-mail.
  • County and municipal subdivision/land division ordinances also sometimes have provisions like the following language from the City of Madison code:                                 
No land shall be subdivided which is held by the City Plan Commission to be unsuitable for use by reason of flooding, bad drainage, soil or rock formations with severe limitations for development, severe erosion potential, or unfavorable topography, or any other feature likely to be harmful to health, safety or welfare of future residents or landowners in the proposed subdivision or of the community.
This provision was upheld in a 1993 Court of Appeals case, Busse v. City of Madison, 177 Wis.2d 808, 503 N.W.2d 340.
I understand that a number of Towns and Lake Associations would like an opportunity to work with the County to explore these ideas – and they have indicated that help may also be available from UW Extension, the State Soil Scientist and other experts. This is a remarkable opportunity to form a small workgroup to assist County zoning staff.   I am hoping that you might be willing to propose something like this for Planning and Zoning Committee consideration.  Would you be willing to do so at the meeting this week?
Thank you for considering this suggestion -- and for your leadership on the County Board.
Your constituent,

Susan

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Minutes of Meeting 2017

FYI, the minutes of meeting were recorded by Secretary Sandy Maclaughlin.
Thank you.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Pigeon Lake Association Annual Picnic    8/12/17  Hosted by Linda Auchue

Members present:  Linda Auchue, Trish Bantle, Gary Harms, Hayes family (Doug, Julie & Virginia), Andrew Hong, Audrey Hutter, Marilyn Mellor, John and Sandy MacLaughlin,
Susan and Lance Ritchie, Gwen and Frank Samp & Les and Karen Watters
Guests:  3

Meeting called to order by President Trish Bantle.

Business:

Pigeon Lake membership packets and welcome letter from President were distributed.

Minutes were approved.  Treasurer Susan Ritchie reported that a checking account has been opened.  With recent donations, current balance to $633.94. Board Director at Large positions are unfilled.  Email chbantle@nelson-tel.net to request a packet or volunteer.

Becoming an official Lake Association with bylaws and membership dues was discussed.
Dues for the year were set at $10 with 1 vote per unit.  Funds will be used to support and join with Initiatives and Associations that work to protect and preserve our lake. Registration fees for PLA members representing Association at NW Lake Conference could be covered.  A land management plan and grant applications will be explored.  

Lance Ritchie moved (seconded by Andrew Hong) to accept Bylaws and officially form the 
Pigeon Lake Association. Motion passed by show of hands.  Development of an official letterhead was recommended by Gary Harms.

Lake Updates:

Signs at Boat Landing are now moved out of water and back onto shore by DNR thanks to numerous calls from Trish. In July Trish participated in the Invasive Snapshot - a visual inspection of 4 Lakes in the area.  No invasive species were found on Pigeon Lake.

Although WI no longer recognizes lake class (Pigeon Lake Class C Most Sensitive), 
Bayfield County will hopefully continue to honor lake classifications.  Doug Hayes expressed concern on current bass size limits. DNR does an annual count and sets those limits.

Be watchful for a boater with a red truck parked at boat landing. He has reportedly been taking fish of all sizes for bear bait.  Please get license number & contact Game Warden if observed.

Two loon pairs have been sited.  Audrey Hutter also spotted two babies on East end near Hotters earlier in summer.  Beavers have returned.  Ducks & geese continue to annoy. 

Les Watters shared that Eureka Gravel Pit on Pigeon Lake Road has not yet been active.

Pigeon Lake Field Station will be put up for auction after required notifications.  Price has reportedly dropped to $1.2 million. Johnson Company is not interested.

Communication & Advocacy
Blog:  pigeonlakedrummond.blogspot.com remains active.l
Facebook:  Pigeon Lake Drummond Wisconsin
Facebook invite will come from Trish under name Trish Young
Bayfield County Board Rep: James Crandall (715) 209-5545
DNR Contact:  (715) 795-2565 in Barnes
Game Warden: Matthew Koshollek (715) 209-7184 

Picnic 2018 will be hosted by Doug and Julie Hayes - date to be set.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Loons nesting.

Thank you Frank for checking up on the loons nesting situation.  

Dear Frank,
Thank you for asking about Artificial Nesting Platforms (ANP).  We recommend waiting for at least three years of monitoring nesting failures due to any of the three reasons: predation, water level fluctuations, and/or development.  If the loons have been successful in previous years, they will not likely use the ANP.  You many need to apply for a permit with the DNR if your lake is designated as Special Natural Resource Concern.  Also, this is a life-long commitment that requires yearly maintenance.  For more information, and to find out if your lake is designated, please go to our website https://www.northland.edu/sustain/soei/loonwatch/protect-loons/ and click on “Artificial Nesting Platforms”. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Thank you,
 
Erica LeMoine
LoonWatch Program Coordinator
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
 
Northland College

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Follow this link to learn more about AIS Snapshot Day,
A statewide event to monitor lakes for Invasive Species.
Pigeon Lake will be monitored this year!!!
Volunteers needed. Short commitment for some good information.
Sat. Aug. 5, 2017
8:30-1pm Meet in Barnes

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statewide-aquatic-invasive-species-snapshot-day-2017-registration-35886974908?ref=ebtn

Thursday, July 13, 2017

   SAVE THE DATE    SAVE THE DATE    SAVE THE DATE      

PIGEON LAKE PICNIC   SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017 1:00pm
     HOSTED BY LINDA  AUCHUE
   10415 WHISPERING PINE ROAD
                                                                             (608) 334-2161

   COME MEET NEW & OLD LAKE NEIGHBORS
     FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE LAKE
         FRIENDS & RELATIVES ARE WELCOME 
    "the more, the merrier"
                                                              
                                                                  Linda will provide the main dish. 

                                              Please bring lawn chairs, a dish to  share and beverages.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Northwest lakesConference information here:

https://www.northland.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/17NWWI-lakes-conference-brochure.pdf

I attended last year and hope to go again this year. It was time well spent!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lake Friends:
Below is the letter sent by your BCLF to the DNR regarding the hearing on proposed weakening of dredging rules on waterfront property.
Please share with all on your lake, asking each waterfront owner to send a very brief email note opposing  any dredging rules changes.
Send NO LATER THAN MARCH 3 to

dnrwywrzguidance@wisconsin.gov

(Sample email note is at bottom of page)

2/24/2017
From: Bayfield County Lakes Forum
Re: BCLF opposed to dredging rules changes


The Bayfield County Lakes Forum stands firmly AGAINST the Wisconsin DNR proposed change to dredging permit rules. The rule currently in the books includes criteria and safeguards regarding dredging that protect lakes, rivers, streams, and wetland environments.  The newly proposed change to dredging permit rules would adversely expose our lakes, rivers and surface waters to lasting and irreparable damage.  This damage includes but is not limited to; the release of toxic materials into waters, damage to fisheries and fish habitat, destruction of ecosystems, reduction in water quality, reduction in sediment and shoreline stability.  Changes to shore land buffer zones will adversely affect habitats important to native birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles. 

The adverse consequences of lake and stream bottom dredging would negatively affect Wisconsin waterfront properties, their natural structures, as well as property value and property taxes to the state. Our state has long relied on the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine which states that the water belongs to the people.  Permitting dredging implies ownership of the land under the water.  Allowing individuals to dredge will result in the long term altering of our lakebeds, streambeds, and wetlands for the short-term financial gain of a few select individuals. It will also change the face of our waters and state forever.

Wisconsin’s Waters Belong to Everyone

As previously stated, Wisconsin lakes and rivers are public resources, owned in common by all Wisconsin citizens under the states Public Trust Doctrine.  Based on the state constitution, this doctrine has been further defined by case law and statute.  It declares that all navigable waters are “common highways and forever free” and held in trust by the Department of Natural Resources.


The state of Wisconsin has a responsibility to protect our waters and must not allow a blanket permit that does not consider how removing material will negatively impact our waterways.  Therefore, The Bayfield County Lakes Forum, representing 22 lake associations and over 3,000 tax-paying waterfront owners urges the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources to reject any DNR rules changes regarding dredging of public waters.

Respectfully,
On Behalf of the Bayfield County Lakes Forum

Ellen Lafans, Board Member
Crystal Lake / Cable Wisconsin

​NOTE to Bayfield Co waterfront owners:

BCLF looks out for our waters and your property values.

All who value our lakes and streams should send a quick email note to
dnrwywrzguidance@wisconsin.gov NO LATER THAN MARCH 3.
PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE AND INFORMATION WITH YOUR LAKE FRIENDS.
The more emails, the better.
Example: "Our family opposes any weakening of the DNR rules on dredging in or near our public waters. Wilbur & Wilma Waterwise, Pretty Lake, Bayfield County, Wisconsin."



Monday, February 20, 2017

New Neighbors.

Please join us to welcome our new neighbors - Tim Syring and Patti Correll Syring.
They have acquired Mark Correll's cabin on Pigeon Lake at the west end between Ahlvin's and Ringlesetter's on County Hwy N.
Both Tim and Patti are looking forward to meeting more residents on Pigeon Lake.
Say hi to them when you have a chance. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Agenda.

Hello everyone! I have attached the AIS Committee Meeting agenda for next week Wednesday, as well as the minutes from the last meeting for your perusal. I have also listed the agenda in the email body below. If you have any questions about the agenda or meeting location, please email me. Please be informed that the Bayfield County Aquatic Invasive Species Committee will meet:


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM



Location: Conference Room A in the Courthouse building, Washburn, WI



AGENDA

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:


1.     Call to Order

2.     Introductions


3.     Public Comment


4.     Approval of Minutes from 11-30-2016


5.     Grant Updates


6.     Discussion: Eagle Scout project focused on AIS monitoring and control in NCWMA service area


7.     Discussion: DIY field equipment

8.     AIS Coordinators Report


9.     Partner/Department Reports


10.   Future AIS Activities



a.     Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention, Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, April 5-7

b.     Invasive Species ID Days, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, dates TBA

c.     Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership Symposium, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, April 13

d.     St. Croix Summit, UW-River Falls, April 21-22

11.   Other Business

12.   Adjournment



Any person wishing to attend who, because of a disability, requires special accommodations, should contact the LWCD at 715-373-6167, at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting time, so appropriate arrangements can be made.


Thank you!

Andrew Teal
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Bayfield County Land & Water Conservation Department
615 2nd Avenue East
P.O. Box 126
Washburn, WI 54891
Phone: (715) 373-6167
Fax: (715) 373-6127
ATeal@bayfieldcounty.org<mailto:ATeal@bayfieldcounty.org>
www.bayfieldcounty.org<http://www.bayfieldcounty.org>

Monday, February 13, 2017

DNR - Proposed rules for small scale dredging

Public input opportunity
The department is announcing its intention to issue a statewide waterway general opermit (GP) for dredging of lakes and streams in Wisconsin. Once in place, the permit will be valid for five years and will allow applicants to apply for coverage under the permit to dredge up to 25 cubic yards from streams and inland lakes and up to 100 cubic yards from the Great Lakes if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions. The department is inviting written comments on the proposed general permit and has scheduled two public informational hearings.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Waterways/construction/dredging.html

Tony Janisch  |  Executive Director
Bad River Watershed Association
PO Box 875, Ashland, WI 54806
(715) 682-2003  |  badriverwatershed.org<mailto:janisch@badriverwatershed.org>
The WIDNR is resurrecting dredging of streams and lakebeds.
Here is a link to more information and sites for public input.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Waterways/construction/dredging.html

Thursday, October 6, 2016

BCLF meeting this Saturday 9am at the Drummond Community Center.
John Richter on Shoreland Zoning will be the main speaker.
Please come if you can. Also discussion and information re: the CAFO in the Chequamegon Bay watershed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Update of Pigeon Lake campsite - by Trish Bantle

Following is an e-mail thread between myself and Jason Bodine regarding PLFS.
I feel like we are getting a little more info.....
I will keep publishing as I find out more.

From: Jason Bodine [mailto:JBodine@bayfieldcounty.org
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 3:54 PM
To: Trish Bantle
Subject: RE: PLFS
I did hear back from the Forest Service.  They have submitted a request to purchase (I believe as a joint project with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Parks Service…thought that part was unclear).  He had no idea on a timeline or odds of receiving funds.  I know BCPL is eager to divest.  Will let you know if/when I hear anything else.  Sorry I really couldn’t find out anything you didn’t already know.
Jason


From: Trish Bantle 
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 5:02 PM
To: 'Jason Bodine'
Subject: RE: PLFS
That the Forest Service has SUBMITTED a request to purchase is significant I would think…
Who is he? (as in: He had no idea on a timeline or odds of receiving funds. ….)

And Submitted to who?
Also, who/what is BCPL….oh I think I have it Bayfield County Public Lands? Am I correct about this?
Jason you are getting much further than I was…or perhaps you understand the lingo more.
I really appreciate your efforts and also keeping me informed, and answering my questions. (I know there is no such thing as a dumb question, yet I know some of these might seem dumb to you!)
Thank you,
Trish Bantle


From: Trish Bantle [mailto:tbantle@durand.k12.wi.us
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 5:02 PM
To: Jason Bodine <JBodine@bayfieldcounty.org>
Subject: RE: PLFS
That the Forest Service has SUBMITTED a request to purchase is significant I would think… Yes.  It definitely means they value the property enough to try for it.
Who is he? (as in: He had no idea on a timeline or odds of receiving funds. ….)  Forest service contact who is familiar with the project.

And Submitted to who?  Not exactly sure where it was submitted or if it was part of a specific grant.  I suspect it was submitted through internal Federal channels that would compete with other internal projects for Federal dollars.    

Also, who/what is BCPL….oh I think I have it Bayfield County Public Lands? Am I correct about this?  Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (a state agency).  They are the ones selling the property.  Believe the appraised value is $1.32 million.
Jason you are getting much further than I was…or perhaps you understand the lingo more.
I really appreciate your efforts and also keeping me informed, and answering my questions. (I know there is no such thing as a dumb question, yet I know some of these might seem dumb to you!)  Not a problem.  Only wish I had more information to share.
Thank you,
Trish Bantle

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Enjoy 2 important speakers at the Bayfield County Lakes Forum 2016 ANNUAL MEETING, Saturday, Oct 8, 9 AM, at the Drummond Community Center in Drummond. All lake groups should send at least one rep.
 
This year’s meeting will feature Mary Dougherty, key advocate of protecting our region from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Mary will provide handouts featuring the main highlights and will follow up with a Q&A. Because of the potential impact of CAFOs on Bay Co’s waters and Lake Superior, and because of many of our legislators seek to allow a CAFO in Bay Co, your BCLF places this issue high on our priority list.
 
Your BCLF Board has learned that John Richter will also speak. John leads the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative (WSI), the primary force working to return local control of shoreland zoning to our counties while trying to fend off other assaults on our lakes such as private dredging, mining under our lakes, and other insults. BCLF, Northwest Waters, and many area lake associations have contributed to the WSI effort in anticipation of worse things to come in the 2017 legislative session.
 
The BCLF business meeting will be brief in order to allow our speakers ample time. It is very important that your lake association send at least one rep to this meeting, more if possible. If you have not yet made your 2016 contribution to BCLF, our treasurer will graciously accept your check. Individual donations are also welcome.
 
Although there will be no election of directors on October 8, BCLF encourages those who value our waters to show their willingness to protect them by supporting BCLF however possible. Come share a snack, have a cup of coffee, and learn more about how you and BCLF can protect your waterfront property values.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Here is the first of several reminders that Oct 8th at 9am in Drummond at the Community Center, the Bayfield County Lakes Forum will hold their annual meeting.
The main speaker will be Mary Doughty regarding the proposed CAFO near Iron River.

We also are hoping that John Richter will be able to speak on what is happening with the new Shoreland Zoning Law.

Both are issues that could have a huge impact on the future of Bayfield County's waters.

Snacks will be served!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pigeon Lake Camp Update - Trish Bantle

I spoke with Tom German of the Public Lands Office again yesterday. He had not heard anything further from the USFS. He has been in a holding pattern while waiting for a letter of intent from them. Tom said he will not wait much longer. If he doesn’t hear from them in the next couple weeks the camp will go up for Public Auction. He said the way this happens is that he has to publish the sale for 2 weeks in at least the local news publications. Then, the 3rd week is the auction.  To bid an offer must be made with a check for either 10 or 20% of the purchase price. He said the lowest price considered would be the appraised value. (3.1 million I believe) I asked for a name of someone in the USFS I could speak with and he gave me the name of John McNeil in Rhinelander. I tried to call their office, but had no luck getting through. I then spoke with Jason Bodine with Bayfield County. The county had mentioned they would possibly be interested in a partnership. I gave Jason the information regarding the USFS and he said he would call John McNeil and see what they are thinking. Jason said he would share any information he hears from John with me and I will pass it on!

Fish habitat improvement on our lake....

Hi Trish – The timeline for Pigeon Lake will be the summer of 2017 or 2018.  We did some tree drops on other lakes this year.  I believe we will be using tree drops for Pigeon Lake as well. 

Matt


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Minutes of Annual Meeting - by Trish Bantle

Minutes from the Pigeon Lake Association Meeting on 9/2/2016

The picnic and meeting was hosted by Karen and Les Watters. In attendance were:

Linda Auchue
Trish Bantle
John and Jane Donner
Doug and Julie Hayes
Andrew Hong
Marge Hotter
John and Diana Hutter
John and Sandy MacLaughlin
Marilyn Miller
Mary Ringelstetter
Lance and Susan Ritchie
Liz Wandrey and Dave

John called the meeting to order and announced his attention to retire from the board. Trish Bantle volunteered to take on the duties of President. The group voted to approve. Linda Auchue volunteered to take the position of Vice President which the group also voted to approve. Audrey Hutter was not in attendance but communicated that she would like to step down from her position as Secretary/Treasurer. Susan Ritchie volunteered to take over the treasurer’s position while Sandy MacLaughlin volunteered to be secretary. Lance Ritchie volunteered to take the depth readings and report them to the state. 

Trish started a discussion regarding some of the issues that have come up over the past year that could affect both the quality of the lake itself as well as the quality of life on the lake. These issues include the potential sale of the Pigeon Lake Field Station and development of that land, the effect of the gravel pit on the aquatic plants in the lake, the noise level of the gravel pit and the legislative changes regarding building set backs on class 3 lakes. 

Lance and Susan Ritchie brought up some of the ways they are approaching these types of issues on Bear Lake. Lance also mentioned the dark color of the water in Pigeon Lake is from the decaying vegetation. It should clear up in a year or two. 

Trish suggested putting together an information folder for new lake residents. There are quite a few properties for sale on the lake and it would help to inform new residents about where the loons nest, the boating rules, etc. There were incidents this summer involving boats chasing the loons and parking on the island to swim.

Les communicated information regarding boating operation and safety rules. The narrows should be a no wake zone. 

Please take a moment to thank John MacLaughlin for the time he spent as President and all the work he put into keeping the group informed and the association together. It was a much longer tenure than he had intended when he took it on and we all appreciate his willingness to stay until someone else stepped up. 

John mentioned that Jim Auchue passed away last May. Jim served as Vice President for the association and was very committed to preserving the quiet and natural beauty of the lake, along with the fish population. 

Dan Iverson passed away on August 21st. A link to his obituary is below:



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pigeon Lake Camp Update

Trish just spoke with Tom German at the Public Lands Office.
 tom.german@wi.gov   608-267-2233
His latest on PLFS is that now the Forest Service may be interested in acquiring it with Federal Grant Monies.
He said he has repeatedly asked the FS about acquiring the camp and has always gotten a definite "No." Then out of the blue heard from a Jenny (last name unknown)with the USFS out of Park Falls and Jeff Nell who he believes is out of Park Falls and Rhinelander that the Forest Service has an interest.
This was as a couple of weeks ago. He asked that they send him some kind of intent of interest in writing, and at this point has not received that.
I asked if there had been any other interest and he mentioned "a gentleman" out of the MSPLS, but had no further information about the gentleman. I asked him if he was the person I should be talking to, to gather information about the camp and he said yes, but he would need to talk to co-workers to find info on "the gentleman."
I sent him my email and phone numbers, and asked that he please share any information he receives about camp with me.Forest Service would be awesome, fingers crossed that happens!
Wanted to share. I have not had a chance to follow up on the folks in the USFS (Jenny and Jeff) who are looking in to this. School is starting......but will keep you all informed as I become informed. Please do the same for me!
Thank you!Trish 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hello,
 I just got off the phone with Matthew Koshollek, our game warden, who continues to follow up on the loon situation from a couple weeks ago. He has been on the lake but has yet to spot the boat. I think I gave him better information this time since we got to have a real conversation, not just messages left. He says he will try to get out on the lake again today. Of course those folks could have been on the lake for just a brief time and are now long gone....hopefully for good!

Matthew also mentioned he has been getting information that small (short) bass are being taken from the lake, and that the lake is being overfished. If you see any evidence of this he is asking that you please give him a call. His number is 1-715-209-7184.

Thank you!
Trish

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Interesting article regarding PIgeon Lake.
Thank you Gary!


http://www.passportintime.com/pigeon-lake.html

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Timeline and Summary of Pigeon Lake Camp


note the timeline at the end
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
REQUEST FOR
BOARD OF REGENTS ACTION
JUNE 2016
INSTITUTION: UW-River Falls
REQUEST: Authority to sell a 0.9 acre parcel of land located in the Town of
Drummond, Bayfield County, and all buildings and infrastructure
improvements on adjacent leased land.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This action will allow the university to work cooperatively with the Board of Commissioners of
Public Lands (BCPL) to dispose of an underutilized property and improvements known as the
Pigeon Lake Field Station (PLFS). The field station is located approximately eight miles west of
Drummond or about 40 miles southwest of Ashland. As part of a lease and associated sale
agreement with the United States (US) Forest Service in 1959, the Board of Regents of State
Colleges purchased several cabins, support buildings, and other site improvements from the US
Forest Service, then leased the underlying land from the Forest Service and later from the BCPL
when the ownership changed in 1989. The camp closed and has been vacant since 2014 due to low
program enrollments, a lack of available programming, and escalating operating costs. Because of
this, the university has declared it underutilized and wishes to dispose of the assets, and BCPL is
also desirous of disposing of the property on which the field station lies. This property sale also
includes an adjacent Board of Regents-owned 0.9 acre parcel of land purchased in 1966 from a
private party. That parcel is surrounded by the BCPL-owned property to the north and the
shoreline of Pigeon Lake to the south.
The BCPL is acting as the lead agency that will execute the sale of the property and
improvements through a public sale process. The property will be offered at a minimum bid price
equal to the appraised value of $1,325,000. The proceeds will be distributed proportionally to
BCPL and the Board of Regents based on each agency’s appraised land values, buildings, and
related improvements. Appraised values as of April 13, 2016, are as follows:
BCPL Land: $487,025
BOR Land: $4,950
Improvements: $838,102
Total: $1,330,077
PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:
The Pigeon Lake Field Station is comprised of twenty-one cabins, five academic buildings, and
eleven support buildings sitting on 89.45 acres of land with 1,750 feet of shoreline. Infrastructure
includes a well and water distribution system, an on-site sanitary waste disposal system, electrical
service to all buildings, gravel roads, and parking. From 1959 to the early 1980s, the camp was
primarily used for biological research and other instructional programs that took advantage of the
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camp’s rustic natural setting. Since the early 1980s, programming has been in decline and is no
longer a thriving sustainable business model.
In 2014, in an effort to ward off further operating expense deficits, the camp was closed and
mothballed. Efforts were made to transfer the management responsibility of the camp to another
UW university during that year, however no other university was interested in running and
managing the camp. In 2015, a joint decision was made by UW-River Falls, UW System
Administration, and BCPL to sell the land, buildings, and improvements.
BUDGET AND SCHEDULE:
No funds are needed for this action.
May 2016: Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved
June 2016: Board of Regents approval
July 2016: Public sale bidding process
Sept 2016: Closing
PREVIOUS ACTION: NONE