Sustainability Update - 2020

The Wabedo-Little Boy-Cooper-Rice (WLBCR) Lakes Association, in partnership with the Northern Waters Land Trust (NWLT), received a grant award from the Hugh C. Becker Committee of Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies, Inc. to assist with the purchase of property on Wabedo Lake to preserve musky habitat, sensitive shoreline, and forested areas.

WLBCR Lakes Association Receives Grant Award

Pictured (l-r) Ron Stokesbary, WLBCR Treasurer, Kathy Wagner, WLBCR President, Derek Jensen, NWLT Board, Doug Schultz, Walker Area Fisheries Manager, George Selcke, Chairman Hugh Becker Foundation, Terry Tripp, NWLT Board.

Sustainability Update - 2018

We are excited about another preservation project on Wabedo Lake. It involves about 80 forested acres and around 40 shoreland acres. We are working with the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, Moran Realty and Cass County to facilitate this project. LLAWF has requested grant monies from Lessard-Sams to purchase this property which will end up being owned by Cass County. Our association has committed up to $20,000 to help with the matching funds that are needed to complete this project. We expect to hear if we will receive the grant in the fall of 2018 and the funds would be available sometime in 2019. We will have more information on this project as it gets closer to completion.

Sustainability Update -2011

Another easement was completed in 2011. Randy Helland and Cindy Gackle on Little Boy have completed an easement on their property - thank you! ! Little Boy now has almost 7,300 feet of shoreline protected and over 825 acres. See the "pebbly" areas below:

Sustainability Update - 2010

We recently heard from the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation that they and Cass County will receive a grant that will help property owners place conservation easements on their property. The grant will pay up to $15,000 of closing costs on the conservaton easement. Please contact the Sustainability Committee for more information.

Exciting News!

This year the easements on a number of Wabedo Lake properties (four owners - Johnson, Haxby, Duncan and Andrews) were completed and are in effect. With these easements, over 5,000 feet of shoreline has been protected from development and almost 80 acres of pristine shoreland. See the "pebbley" areas below:

We want to thank the families involved in these easements for their forward thinking and for providing such a valuable gift to future generations. Thank you! !

We hope other owners will consider the benefits of conserving their property. We are looking primarily at properties that are included in the sensitive shoreline areas but will definitely not exclude other properties. Again, please contact Mike with any sustainability questions.

Sustainability Update - 2009

The committee is providing assistance to some property owners on Wabedo Lake to help preserve their properties for future generations. There are at least three property owners who are in the process of placing conservation easements on their properties to protect the pristine nature of these parcels. Contact Mike Humrickhouse if you have any interest in protecting your property for future generations.

Sustainability Update - 2007

This committee was created in 2007 to address the long term sustainability and preservation of our lakes and surrounding areas.

They are currently reviewing data from a list of "Parcels with Conservation Potential" from Cass County. These are parcels that are large enough to be developed into plats (dividing the existing property into multiple lots). The intent is to provide information to the current owners of these parcels concerning their options for preservation and conservation of the land and critical habitat. Our concern with these parcels is the possible degredation that can occur from splitting one parcel into many. There are impacts from this type of development such as decrease in acquatic vegetation due to additional docks, shoreline degredation due to additional paths to the lake, run-off from lawns created by these new properties, etc. It is the cumulative effect of development that creates concerns for long-term sustainability.

Other issues that this committee will address include shoreline restoration, watershed viability, acquatic plant restoration, and many others.