Forest-wide Project: Sustaining Lakes in Changing Environment - SLICE

OBJECTIVE/PURPOSE OF PROJECT:

SLICE (Sustaining Lakes in a Changing Environment) is a cooperative lake monitoring program led by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The study is designed to understand, predict, and respond to the outcomes of major drivers of change (e.g., development, agriculture, invasive species, climate change) on lake habitats and fish populations. Our approach is to first explore processes and mechanisms at the watershed scale that drive patterns in water quality and fish habitat in a diverse set of 24 sentinel lake watersheds spread across Minnesota’ s major eco-regions. This approach of augmenting traditional extensive data collection efforts with an intensive focus to understand processes in a few representative sentinel systems represents a novel and promising direction in water resource and fisheries management. The Forest Service’s role in SLICE is to sample the aquatic vegetation in the five sentinel lakes that occur on the Superior National Forest.

METHODS OR TECHNIQUES USED:

Point-intercept method was used to determine sites. Each site was sampled using a vegetation rake. Plants were identified and entered into a database along with water depth and substrate type.

REALIZED/EXPECTED RESULTS:

Five SLICE lakes were sampled for aquatic vegetation and they are the following: Tait Lake, Trout Lake, Echo Lake, Elephant Lake, and White Iron Lake. Total lake acres is 22,722 acres.

CONTACT PERSON AND PHONE #:

Jason Butcher (218)626-4307

PRIMARY PARTNER LIST:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources , The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota , University of Minnesota - Duluth





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/superior/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5209328