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Plum Lake Association purchases critical shoreland property

July 24, 2020

The Plum Lake Association (PLA) has completed the acquisition of nearly 11 acres of undeveloped shoreland on Plum Lake to protect lake water quality and preserve environmentally sensitive land. 

The property on the southeast shore of Plum Lake in Vilas County has 640 feet of lake shore and 10.78 acres of upland including a pristine black spruce swamp and a carpet of sphagnum mosses. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has identified a portion of the property as a wetland. 

“We acquired the property to preserve it in its natural state, “ PLA president John Richter said. “This wetland is an important part of the Plum Lake watershed. Protecting the lake’s high level of water quality and natural shoreland are crucial to its long-term health.” 

The acquisition was funded through a land acquisition grant from the DNR’s Lake Protection Grant program. 

“I want to thank the DNR and the DNR professionals who guided us through the grant application process. We could not have attempted this transaction without their help,” PLA vice president Doug Pinney said. “I particularly want to thank Laura MacFarland, Surface Water Grants Program Manager, who was promoted in the middle of the application process but continued to work with us.”

The Plum Lake Association is a volunteer organization devoted to the conservation of Plum Lake and its surrounding land.

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