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VCLRA Scholarship Award winner announced

May 15, 2020

Nathan Krause of Phelps was named the 2020 winner of the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers (VCLRA) 2020 Scholarship Award. VCLRA awards a scholarship each year to a local high schooler who plans to continue their education in natural resources.   

Upon graduating from Northland Pines High School, Krause will start at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in fall 2020 to begin his studies in fisheries and aquatic sciences. The award committee was impressed with Krause’s dedication to northern Wisconsin’s natural resources, and especially our lakes. He is a passionate angler, on ice and open water, and is especially fond of fishing his home lake, Sugar Maple Lake in Phelps. 

Krause has dedicated many hours to volunteer activities, including working with the Three Bears Sled Dogs races in Land O’ Lakes, working with his school to help with yard work for their Eagle River neighbors in honor of Earth Day, and helping clean up at the Boulder Junction Shooting Range. He works hard helping boaters at the Cisco Chain Marina and works as a mechanic for his family’s business, Brian’s Snowmobile Rentals. 

One of Krause’s goals in studying fisheries and aquatic sciences is to try to solve the problem of Eurasian water milfoil in Wisconsin lakes. He recognizes this invasive plant can affect property values and is a nuisance to recreation. He plans to work to decrease its spread as well as find new methods to remove it without harming the native lake plants.  

The Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association is committed to protecting and improving the area lakes, and has many resources at vclra.org. VCLRA created “Greet Your Neighbor” packets to help current lake property owners open a conversation with new lake neighbors, and help new residents learn how to protect the lakes. These packets will be delivered by email to area lake associations. the Blue Heron Award honors individuals or groups who maintain their shoreline property in a more natural state with minimal environmental impacts. The annual event, held jointly with the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association, will be held at Nicolet College in July.

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