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Gaslyn Lake Walleye Rearing Ponds
The Gaslyn Lake Walleye Rearing Ponds were created in 2012 with a grant from Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) and generous contributions from the St. Croix Tribal Council. At that time, two 0.5 surface acre ponds were created. They were put into first use in 2013. In 2014, two additional 0.5 surface acre ponds were created from funding supplied by the State of Wisconsin’s Walleye Initiative program. If fully utilized, these four ponds give the capacity to rear approximately 120,000 small fingerlings or up to, approximately, 15,000 large fingerlings annually. Small fingerlings are up to 2” in length and large fingerlings are generally 4” in length or larger.
Walleye fingerlings are priority stocked into public waterbodies which are utilized by St. Croix Tribal members during the spring treaty harvest time period. These waterbodies must be categorized as waterbodies that require stocking to enhance its ability to produce catchable size walleyes. In other words, lakes that do not have natural reproduction, or may have very limited natural reproduction, require supplemental stocking for that waterbody to have a harvestable population. St. Croix does not stock walleye fingerlings into waterbodies that are classified as natural reproduction, as those lakes have the ability to produce fingerlings on their own. It is always best if a waterbody can produce fingerlings on its own vs stocking.
The above two photos show the pond, containing the extended grow out fingerlings, emptying. EPA/Natural Resources staff begin the process of emptying the pond the evening prior to the harvest. Water slowly empties through the dark colored apron at the top center of the pond in photo one. This apron empties the pond contents into a much more manageable area to collect the fingerlings. Excess water continues through the smaller collection area into an overflow pond, outside the fence and adjacent to Gaslyn Lake. Don Taylor and Jamie Thompson work together with seine nets (above and below) to help the fish move through the pond’s apron.
Don and Jamie use the seine net inside the smaller collection area to push fingerlings to one end to be scooped.
Don uses a scale to measure the weight of collected fingerlings.
Jeremy Bloomquist scoops fingerlings into buckets. The buckets are weighed with water first and then a second time once fish have been added.
Fingerlings are moved into aerated trucks for transport.
The team works together to collect the fingerlings as quickly and efficiently as possible to reduce harm.
Chad Songetay measures their length. The two measured 25 fingerlings to find an average weight & length.
This process allows the team to estimate total fish per bucket, based on the average weight per fingerling Don calculated above.
Please contact Sarah @ 715-349-2195 ext. 5240 if you’d like to learn more.
The St. Croix Tribe has a stocking history that dates back to the late 1980s. And since that time, staff have stocked over 4.9 million walleye fingerlings into waterbodies utilized not only by Tribal members but by the general public as well. Stocking for the St. Croix Tribe has been a practice used in the four county areas of the St. Croix Tribe – Barron, Burnett, Polk, and Washburn Counties, with limited stocking occurring in Douglas County.
REMINDER! Cleansweep 2022 - 09/28/2022
The St. Croix Solid Waste Program is working with Northwest Regional Planning Committee (NWRPC) to host their 16th annual hazardous waste collection event. They are asking Tribal Members and Tribal Businesses to participate so they can correctly dispose of household chemicals, paints, aerosols, and other solvents that are harmful to the environment and human health when not properly disposed of.
The event will be held on Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 from 8am-11am, or until at full capacity. Stop early! The event will be held at the St. Croix Environmental Services Garage. Please enter from Highway 70 and pull through towards County Road X. Due to the complexity of the materials, they ask that participants remain in the vehicle and allow workers to remove all items being dropped off.
Tribal Forestry Student Summit
October 12-14, 2022. This summit is designed for students in forestry or related resource management programs across the country. Seminars include Women in Forestry and Fire Management, Tribal Resilience to Climate Change, and Future of Forestry & Fire.
Follow the link here to register virtually with Jon Martin.
Friday, September 30th
“Every Child Matters”
On this day, please consider wearing orange for the “Every Child Matters” movement, aimed to show support to Native children who were placed in boarding schools, never to come home, OR surviving — but at what cost?
If you would like to share age appropriate information with your children about wearing orange on Friday, September 30th, click here for a read aloud book called The Orange Shirt Story.
*Please review the video prior to showing your children, as it may contain triggering content.
Tribal Government Job Openings
Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job titles. Please contact Tiffany Iorns, [email protected] or ext. 5196, for additional information.
HHS Job Openings
Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job titles. Please contact Shaurette Reynolds, [email protected] or ext. 5133, for additional information.
Please spread the word to your friends and family members about our open positions!
DHS Expands Access to COVID-19 Self Tests
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is launching an online program for Wisconsinites to get free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests delivered directly to them. Starting today, Wisconsin residents can go to the Say Yes! COVID Test website and place an order for a package of five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests at no cost. Initial supplies will allow each household to order one package that will arrive in 1-2 weeks.
“It is critical for Wisconsinites to have access to a COVID-19 test when they need one, and this program delivers tests right to their door,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We encourage all Wisconsin households to have COVID-19 self-tests on hand to protect themselves and those around them.”
The Tribal Clinic also still has plenty of COVID-19 test kits.
Attention Deer Hunters!
The St. Croix Natural Resources Department is working in cooperation with GLIFWC to collect deer heads for CWD sampling. There is a freezer by the Tribal registration station. Please contact Jake Didier with any questions at 715-349-2195 ext. 5223.
Zhingwewegaabaw (Bennie Rogers)
Ya’aw makwa keyaa ezhi-gikendamaan. Mii ya’aw genawenimik sa go weweni, da-izhi-izhiwebiziyan da-wiidookawik iw sa gegoo. Maagizhaa ge-giiwoseyan, ke aw asemaa omaa akiing asad gagwejimad a’aw manidoo sa go weweni da-izhi-izhiwebiziyan imaa megwekob. Ke gaye ya’aw makwa indoodem. Ke ge a’aw bezhig gikenimad ikwe maagizhaa noodenimad, mii go gaye wiin naasaab makwan odoodeman. Mii ow keyaa gaa-izhi-wiindamaagooyaan, gaawiin gidaa-wiidigemaasiin a’aw ikwe. Indago aw gishiime a’aw waa-wiidigemad. Ke, odoodeman gaye wiin makwan. Miish gaa-izhi-wiindamaagooyaan akeyaa. Gaawiin gidaa-wiidigemaasiin aw. Mii eta go minik ezhi-gikendamaan. Mii iw.
“This is what I know about the bear. It is him that takes good care of you, when something happens to you, he will help you. And maybe when you go hunting, see when you put tobacco here on the ground, you ask the Spirit for things to go good for you there in the woods. And also it is the bear that is my clan. Say there’s one woman you know, maybe you are in love with her, and she is of the bear clan too. This is the way I was told, you cannot marry that woman. It’s just like you are marrying your sister. See, she too is of the bear clan. That’s the way I was told. You can’t marry her. That’s all I know. That’s it.”
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (2013). Dibaajimowinan – Anishinaabe Stories of Culture and Respect.