More than 50 people attended the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association’s (WAPOA) Shoreland Restoration Social Night on June 5 at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake.
Those who attended learned how lakeshore owners can apply to WAPOA for funding to complete shoreland restoration projects. Information was provided by WAPOA members, the University of Minnesota Extension, the DNR, Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Sunshine Gardens (a local nursery/landscaping firm).
Several participants expressed interest in applying for funding for their project.
There is an opportunity to apply for up to $6,000 in funding for a project for those who wish to participate in WAPOA’s fifth annual Shoreland Restoration Contest and help the lakes through shoreline improvement projects.
Interested people did not have to attend the June 5 meeting to participate. Another meeting will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Ideal Town Hall. Entrants should bring photos and plans of their proposed shoreland improvement project and then meet with experts to get answers to their questions and challenges.
The Shoreland Restoration Contest is open to the public, whether or not they are a WAPOA member, as long as they own property on either the Whitefish Chain or one of the outreach lakes where WAPOA does water quality testing. These include Ox, North and South Roosevelt, Smokey Hollow, Lawrence, Leavitt, Mitchell, Eagle, Kego, West and East Fox, Butterfield, Ruth, Mary, Emily, Goodrich, O’Brien, Velvet, Kimball, Ossawinnamakee, Star, Clear and Upper Hay lakes.
For more information, call Jim Brandt at 218-543-6483.