• 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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July 2016

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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

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This coming Tuesday is another wonderful "Conservation on Tap" program. History of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage- Resort Era. Historian Mike Hittle

Bio: As a boy, Mike came to Vilas COunty every summer on family vacations. Those experiences were the beginning of a life-long love of Wisconsin's north woods. As luck would have it, He found a teaching position at Lawrence University in Appleton, which kept him in easy striking distance of the area. And in the early seventies Mike and his wife purchased a lot on the flowage, where they now have a second home. He taught history at Lawrence--with an emphasis on the history of Russia--for 35 years. A few years after retiring, He began work on a history of the flowage. Originally, thinking maybe a 75 page book, with lots of pictures, would do the job. But it has grown into a manuscript that would exceed 300 pages. It is a truly comprehensive history of the flowage, from its creation, through the great era of resorts, and on through the state's purchase of the land.

Come Join Mike and Friends as we learn about our areas history. Tuesday July 12th, 6 pm at the "The Pines" in Mercer.
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It's that time of year again! Please come out and join us for Conservation On Tap held at The Pines in their Beer Garden. Tonight's speaker is Cathy Techtmann who will be speaking about the Lake Superior Freshwater Marine Sanctuary. Bring your friends, family and neighbor and come at 6pm to learn more about this exciting topic!!!! See you tonight, rain or shine!

3 weeks ago  ·