• Water Quality Testing

    Heather conducting water quality sampling on the Potato River at Upson Falls. This monthly water quality testing is done in through the Bad River Watershed Association monitoring program.
  • Loon Project

    Students checking our Loon nesting platform on one of our study lakes with the Mercer School students. May-July the students visit the study lakes monitoring the loons, water quality and other parameters used to measure lake health.
  • Rain Barrels

    MaryJo showcasing the 150 rain barrels distributed through a large scale rain barrel project back in 2011. The program was a partnership with UW-Extension, Ashland County LWCD and Iron County LWCD. Participants learned about the benefits of rain barrels and were able to purchase them at a discounted price.

Resources for...

  •  There are many programs offered through the LWCD to provide farmers with both technical and financial assistance to ensure soil and water quality.  Click here to learn more.


  •  If you have a cabin or home on a lake or river you can rely on the LWCD to provide you with tips to protect your investment.  From shoreland lighting to habitat restoration to erosion control give us a call to learn how you can be a good steward.  


  • The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) provides education on environmental issues and on conservation practices. Many of you teach various environmental concepts already in your class whether it’s an english, art, science or another class in your school. We would like to offer support through our new class programs that may compliment your curriculum.


  • There are many ways to get involved in protecting the many beautiful lakes and rivers of Iron County. Volunteer activities can range from kayaking or canoeing your favorite stretch of a local stream to monitor for invasive species or stopping to take some simple water quality samples while you are out on your evening pontoon ride.


Conservation On Tap for 2016!


Back by popular demand we bring you the Conservation on Tap line up for 2016.  From Monarchs to Bobcats, to Lake Superior’s Marine Sanctuary and more, you will be sure to find something that will peak your interest.  Bring your friends, family, neighbors and that guy off the street, and join us for fun filled evenings full of interesting conversations at The Pines Beer Garden located in Mercer.

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Native Grasses and Wildflower Pick up JUNE 3rd!

Don’t forget the Native Plant Sale’s Grass and Wildflower pickup is just around the corner!  June 3rd, 2016 come pick up your order and get your plants in the ground.  

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Event Calendar

August 2016

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Mark your calendar for August 16th, 6 pm. Monarch Butterfly Talk at "The Pines" in Mercer. Licia Johnson from the North Lakeland Discovery Center will talk about Monarch butterfly ecology, conservation, and the struggles threatening this species. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Come join us tonight at "The Pines" in Mercer, 6-8 pm, for our Conservation on tap lecture series. Wildlife biologist Jeff Wilson and Terry Daulton will be presenting on Why! , Mercer, WI. Is and should be the "Loon Capital of the World". Since the early 80's the Mercer area has been the focus of loon research and with its 494 lakes and its bounty of nesting loons, it no wonder why. Jeff and Terry will be sharing the many stories of loon research over the years and will present the chase of why we are the Loon Capital of the World. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

Last week one of the gems of Iron County was destroyed by Mother Nature. Saxon Harbor has provided us with such pleasure. It has been a place for families to camp, swim, beach comb, fish and boat out of. Now it is OUR turn to do something....we need to contact our representatives and ask them to urge the governors office make the Stafford Act Request. It will take you minutes, do it to preserve our gem, the County needs assistance to make sure we can continue forward to get Saxon Harbor cleaned up and rebuilt. Click on the link to get your representatives contact info. maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/# Be part of the solution! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·