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Pine River Watershed Alliance recognizes Trout Lake Camp

Shoreline protection efforts benefit the area

Trout Lake Camp's shoreline restoration and protection projects have earned the attention of the Pine River Watershed Alliance. Submitted Photo

The Pine River Watershed Alliance applauds Trout Lake Camp’s land management practices that protect water quality on the Whitefish Chain.

The camp has been working with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District on shoreline buffer projects since 2011.

In 2016, the camp had a successful 375-foot shoreline planting of trees, shrubs, grasses and native plants.

In 2018, the Land & Waters Preservation Trust provided a grant of $2,000 to Trout Lake Camps to extend the shoreline buffer an additional 300 feet. The next phase of the project planted trees and shrubs on the steep hill adjacent to the shoreline.

Natural shoreline at the camp has reduced foot traffic and erosion of shoreline. Shoreline buffers increase filtration, reduce runoff and provide habitat for wildlife. Revegetated slopes significantly decrease erosion and runoff into the lake.


The Crow Wing SWCD helped the camp define phases of the project. The camp learned from each one and was able to build experience in planting and maintaining the areas. Volunteers did the planting, making funding dollars go a long way. The camp managed the planting and watering. They were able to put in drip hoses for irrigation and then extended the system to new areas. SWCD staff have been pleased with the results at the camp.

The watershed is not the only beneficiary from the project. The camp has many visitors that see a natural and restored shoreline. Boat traffic on Trout Lake can also check out an example of a natural shoreline.

The Pine River Watershed Alliance is a citizen-led volunteer organization that works with local units of government and other agencies to preserve and protect the local environment while meeting resident needs for economic development and a healthy community.

The Land & Waters Preservation Trust accepts and considers funding proposals that enhance and protect the surface and aquifer water quality in the Pine River Watershed, support sustainable riparian and land management practices, and protect habitat for native plants and animals.

The Land & Waters Preservation Trust will accept grant applications for 2021, now through March 1, 2021. There will be $20,000 available. To apply for a grant, visit www.prwa.us and click on "Resources & Links" to obtain the guideline and application form.

Anyone thinking of starting a project on their property is directed to contact the Crow Wing SWCD ( www.cwswcd.org ) or Cass County SWCD or learn more at www.loveyourlake.info .

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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