The RLPOA Board of Directors is thrilled to inform you that, through its partnership with The Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District, the “Hybrid Cattail Removal and Waterflow Enhancement'' project has been awarded a Conservation Partners Legacy Grant by the Lessard-Sam Outdoor Heritage Council. The funding includes $399,500 from the State of Minnesota and $65,000 in matching support from community partners to underwrite the project cost of $465,000.
Our project was funded because grant evaluators recognize that it will enhance the habitat for fish and wildlife in a waterway impacted by the placement of county road 134. This road sheltered the waterway from current and wave action and trapped nutrients from decades of inadequate septic systems which contributed to the subsequent rapid encroachment of hybrid cattails. These cattails obliterated the waterway and displaced the native vegetation.
The initial proposal outlined in our January 10, 2021 mailing to RLPOA members was scaled back to include the removal of 9 acres of hybrid cattails on either side of county Road 134.
The project is comprised of four main activities:
Removal of hybrid cattails and enhancement of water flow increases the likelihood of success in planting native plant species. The current dense monoculture of hybrid cattails provides a poor habitat and an inferior food source for wild fish and wildlife. A diverse growth of native plants will significantly improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.
COLLABORATIONS AND WORDS OF GRATITUDE
A workgroup from RLPOA collaborated with many others to develop the above plan and we would not have succeeded without their support. We wish to acknowledge this teamwork:
A public meeting for area residents some time in the fall of 2022.
Members of RLPOA Hybrid Cattail Removal and Waterflow Enhancement Workgroup
Dan Vellieux( RLPOA President)
Satellite photo with project area outlined in red.