Spur Lake is a 113-acre, shallow, muck-bottom lake in eastern Oneida County that historically supported very good wild rice crops of cultural and ecological significance. Wild rice declined noticeably during the 1990s, and it is now largely absent from Spur Lake. Carly and Nathan will discuss the efforts of a collaborative working group to understand why wild rice has disappeared from Spur and explore options for bringing it back.
Carly Lapin, WDNR, and Nathan Podany, Sokaogon Chippewa Community Environmental Department
Recorded December 1, 2023
Carly Lapin works as the North-central Wisconsin District Ecologist for WDNR’s Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, based in Rhinelander. She monitors, restores, and protects State Natural Areas across 9 counties and assists with monitoring and protection of rare species.
Nathan Podany works for the Sokaogon Chippewa Community Environmental Department, where he manages the physical, chemical and biological aspects of their surface water program.
Wetland restoration and bird monitoring on the Oneida Nation
After hearing about this inspiring collaborative project during a Wetland Coffee Break and in a presentation at the 2022 Wetland Science Conference, we wanted you to hear about this deep and engaging collaboration helping to inform the Oneida Nation’s landscape restoration efforts.
Wetland Coffee Break: Visiting the Great Spirit’s Garden: Wild rice in Wisconsin’s wetlands
Peter David, one of Wisconsin’s experts on wild rice, provides a brief overview of the ecology of Manoomin, touches on its cultural and ecological significance, and provides an introduction to the challenges it is facing in a changing landscape.