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PAGE19MAZINAIGANFALL2013PARTNERSFEEEXEMPTCAMPINGFeeexemptcampingonNationalForestcampgroundswhileexercisingtreatyrightsThroughanagreementbetweenparticipatingGLIFWCmemberbandsBadRiverBayMillsKeweenawBayLacduFlambeauLacVieuxDesertMilleLacsRedCliffandSokaogonMoleLakeandtheEasternRegionoftheU.S.ForestServicemembersoftheparticipatingBandsexercisingtheirtreatyrightsmaycampforfreeandwithoutlengthofstayrestrictionsformostcampgroundsintheChequamegon-NicoletOttawaHiawathaandHuron-ManisteeNationalForests.Somefee-exemptcampgroundsespeciallythosethatarebusystillmaintaina14-daylengthofstayrestrictionbetweenJune15andAugust15.Thisprovisionisperiodicallyreviewedtoensurethattheserestrictionsarenotinterferingwiththeexerciseoftreatyrights.Thereisgenerallynolimitonthenumberofcampingpermitsapersonmayobtain.ForfreecampingonNationalForestCampgroundsyoumust1.BeamemberofaBandthathasratifiedtheTribalUSFSCampgroundAgreement.2.ObtainatribalcampingpermitthroughyourtribalregistrationstationorGLIFWC.YourregistrationstationorGLIFWCwillusetheonlinepermittingsystemNAGFA.Youwillbeissuedapermitsimilartopreviousyears-Thepermitwillincludeapermitnumberthatyouwillusetofilloutthefeeenvelope.3.Followthecampingregistrationproceduresatthecampground.Gen-erallythisinvolvesprovidinginformationrequestedonaregistrationformorenvelope.Seeillustrationonhowtofilloutthefeeenvelopeatthecampsite.4.Followallcampgroundrulesandregulationsfoundinthetribalrules.ReminderFeeexemptcampingisforNationalForestcampgroundsonlyDrumgroupTomahawkCircleplayedduringthe21stPartnersinFishinggatheringJune5and6atLacduFlambeau.Theinformalhook-and-lineeventbringstogethertribalstateandfederalrepresentativesthatconductjointwalleyesheriesassessmentsintheWisconsincededterritory.ActiveandretiredGreenBayPackerplayershaveparticipatedinthe2-dayeventsince1998.InsetGeneHatzenbelerWisconsinDepartmentofNaturalResourcessheriesbiologistwithaFlambeauChaincrappieoneofmanyhelandedwithasmalljig.Hatzenbergerhelpsadministeranglercreelsurveysinthecededterritory.PhotosbyCharlieOttoRasmussenLdFhosts21stPartnersinFishingappeartofeedprimarilyontheBWAlifestagesthathavelittletodowithBWAreproductioninNorthAmericaandsohaveprovenineffective.IftheBWAgetsestablishedherebalsamfirwillbecomelessandlesscom-mon.Thebenefitstotheenvironmentfrombalsamfirsuchasshadeforstreamsandthermalcoverfordeergrouseandotheranimalsinwinterwillbegreatlyreduced.TheBWAwillalsomeantheeventualendofbalsamboughgathering.Christmastreegrowerswillfacetheaddedexpenseofpesticidetreatmentstokeeptheirtreesreasonablyhealthyuntilharvest.TheBWAisonepestwedonotwanttoseeinthenorthwoods.ThebestwaytokeeptheBWAoutistonotshipfirseedlingsnurserytreesorlogsfrominfestedpartsofthecountry.AnotheristoreportanythingonbalsamfirorhemlockforthatmatterthatlooksliketheBWA.Thethirdthingwecandoisavoidmovingfirewood.Buyorharvestwoodlocallywithin25milesorlesswheneverpossible.Haulingwoodlongdistancestothenextcampgroundorpowwowmaysavealittlemoneyintheshorttermbutcouldhavedevastatingconsequencesdowntheroad.DontletyourmistakebecomeaproblemforgenerationstocomeValuedbalsamboughsmaybeunderthreatContinuedfrompage14Balsamboughsprovidewelcomeincomeinthefall.Thebalsamwoollyadelgidcoulddevastatebalsamrstandsandgreatlydiminishorendthisfalltradition.PhotobyCharlieOttoRasmussenAnnualwaterlevelsonGichigamiareona15-yearskidaffectingeverythingfromfishdistributiontoplantcommunitiestorecreationalaccess.Inparched2007BadRiverofficialsclosedthemanoominseasonforthefirsttimeinmemoryseeminglyaonce-in-a-lifetimeevent.Ithappenedagainfiveyearslater.BadRiverNRDWaterResourcesSpecialistNaomiTillisonpointstoanalysispublishedbyKakagonresearcherJimMeekeraNorthlandCollegeProfessorfromnearbyAshland.Inanutshellmanoomindoesbestafternaturaldisturbanceslikedramaticfloodingorhigh-waterseasonsdrownsoutothervegetation.SaidMeekerfloodingeventsalthoughdamagingtowildriceinagivenseasonacttosetbackperennialcompetitionandofferamoreopenhabitatforwildricere-colonizationduringthesubsequentdrawdownyears.WhileairboatmowingintheSloughshelpsmimicsomeofthebenefitsofhigh-waterwildriceandalonglistofnaturalresourceswouldbenefitbyareturntoanormalLakeSuperiorwaterlevelcycle.TribalwatersinfluxContinuedfrompage13Arrowheadandpickerelweeddominatesomeofthe25-acresmowedbyFondduLacsairboatsinBadRiversKakagonSloughs.Bothnativeandnon-nativespeciesarecompetingwithmanoomin.WhilethenativecompetitorshavealwaysbeeninWisconsinthenon-nativeshavebeenintroducedtotheareaandthreatenournativespecies.Fourcommonnativecompetitorsarepickerelweedbur-weedarrowheadandwhiteandyellowwaterlilies.PhotobyCharlieOttoRasmussenInsetarrowheadphotobyGLIFWC