Research Finds No Improvement In Mercury Levels In Northern Wisconsin Lakes

July 22nd, 2014

An update to a map with fish mercury advisories in the Ceded Territories of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota shows that not much has changed.

In all, 446 lakes have been tested in recent years by the tribes and Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. GLIFWC environmental biologist Sara Moses said of those lakes, 324 have been color-coded with walleye eating advisories.

“We didn’t see a lot of changes,” said Moses. “We have almost 450 lakes on the maps and of those we only had changes in the color or the consumption advice for nine different lakes.”

Four of those lakes had more mercury in the walleye, and five had less. She said mercury levels in the Great Lakes region had been declining since the 1970s until recently, when there was an uptick.

Click here to read the entire article by Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio.

World Lumberjack Championships – July 24-26, in Hayward, WI

July 21st, 2014

The Lumberjack World Championships® began in 1960 as a way to acknowledge the rich history of the logging industry across the United States. Work day skills that were perfected in the forests of the nation became a past-time and soon grew into an exciting and growing sporting event. From the Lumberjack World Championships®, now trademarked in Hayward, Wisconsin, to the ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, lumberjack sports has increased in popularity with loyal fans and competitors from across the globe.

Hayward, Wisconsin, rich in both history and natural beauty, holds its lumberjack championships in what was once a giant holding pond for logs of Weyerhaeuser’s North Wisconsin Lumber Company. The people of Hayward embrace this rich history each summer with hundreds of volunteers and community support making this a world class event for thousands of visitors.

The Lumberjack World Championships® showcases over 21 unique competitions and world records in events ranging from men’s and women’s logrolling, to chopping and the exciting pole climb. Over 100 plus competitors vie for more than $50,000 in prize money, making this one of the largest purses for lumberjack competition in the world.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.