For those of you who were present at our AGM last year, you will recall the very informative presentation of Dale Kristensen, M.Sc., Ecological Services, Phytotron Manager, Queen’s University, on the invasive perennial “dog-strangling vine” which has been spreading rapidly and causing damage to ecosystems in Southern Ontario. Dale contacted us recently with the following update and reminder on DSV control:
Please remind people that they should grasp the plants at the base and either dig (preferred method) or gently pull the plant up trying to keep the little buds at the base of the stem from breaking off. After a rain is best time as the soil is not as hard. Place the plants in a garbage bag and let them bake in the sun for a few weeks.
This method only works if there are not a lot of plants, and the landowner is willing to redo the area 2 or 3 times over the summer to stop the plants from setting flower. Hopefully biocontrols will be available within the next several years.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held this year on Sunday July 12, 2015. As in previous years, the meeting will be held at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. The agenda for the meeting will follow in due course.
The NSOLA executive will hold their Spring 2015 meeting on May 31, 2015. The location and agenda to be confirmed.
At the request of one of our members, we have added an item to the agenda for our AGM. Dale Kristensen, M.Sc., Ecological Services, Phytotron Manager, Queen’s University, will give a short presentation on the invasive perennial “dog-strangling vine” which has been spreading rapidly and causing damage to ecosystems in Southern Ontario.
Dear Members of the North and South Otter Lake Association:
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday July 20, 2014. As in previous years, the meeting will be held at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. Here’s the schedule:
9:30 a.m. Coffee, paying memberships
10:00 a.m. AGM
11:00 a.m. NSOLA website and Facebook page presentation
11:30 a.m. Coffee, cookies, socializing
All members, (or designates) and all new members are welcome. Please see Edith, our treasurer, to pay your fees, and get a name tag. The dues are $10.00. Edith will have a table set up ready, at the back of the room. Please use the membership form (copy attached), to give us any change in your information.
There will be parking vouchers available at the office for those who don’t have a park membership.
This year we decided not to have a pot luck lunch. Instead we hope to end the meeting a bit earlier to leave some extra time for socializing afterwards. We encourage everyone to refill their coffee cups and stay on for a while as this is a good way to meet, or catch up with other members on the lake.
Please come with any reports of sightings of fauna or flora, issues, or changes to the health of the lake.
If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact any of our executive at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on July 20, 2014.
On behalf of the North and South Otter Lake Association (NSOLA), we would like to welcome you to our community. We number about sixty cottages and permanent residences around the two lakes and are neighbours to Frontenac Provincial Park.
You will find more information about our organization, including our Constitution, on our website, http://www.nsola.org, along with information about local natural history, Township matters and more. Our purpose is to foster a sense of community in our area and to discuss matters of common interest or concern, including the health of the natural environment at and around North and South Otter Lake. We have our Annual General Meeting at the Frontenac Park Building mid-July followed by a potluck lunch. Our annual membership fee is currently $10.00 per member.