2018 Fish Stick Installation

Author: Tom Schneider

Kangaroo Lake: “Guys on Ice IV”





The Kangaroo Lake Association(KLA) and The Nature Conservancy(TNC) continued their “Fish
Stick Partnership” on February 17, 2018 in Door County. “Fish Sticks,” are woody habitat structures
that utilize whole cut live trees grouped together and secured to the shoreline, helping to restore
shoreline habitat. This fish and wildlife habitat WDNR best practice creates food, shelter, and breeding
areas for all sorts of creaures from small aquatic insets, frogs, fish, turtles, ducks, and songbirds.

Thanks to funding this year by the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, our four-year efforts
continued placing 23 more trees that are 35′-55′ in length. The Nature Conservancy owns land on
Kangaroo Lake and needs to “thin” their forest area. Both organizations want to improve the woody
habitat on the shoreline thus creating this ideal “win-win” opporunity. Most of the trees were Norway
Spruce and Red Pine trees.

We reached a milestone in 2018 having placed our 100th tree in four years. We now have 28 “hosts”
with 5 sites having multiple 3-tree complexes. The ice and weather conditions were perfect for our 18
volunteers who placed and secured the trees manually on the shoreline. A truck drags the trees to our
various locations around the lake. Ninety (90%) percent of the life in a lake has its origins on the

Here are a couple articles in the local paper on this year’s efforts: DC Pulse – December 15, 2017 and  DC Pulse – March 2, 2018

For more information, contact Tom Schneider, Kangaroo Lake Association ([email protected])
608-217-9460 or TNC’s Mike Grimm, Conservation Ecologist ([email protected]) 920-743-8695.

Need for Fish Stick Hosts! Please help!

We have great news: we’ve received new funding for additional Fish Sticks installation in February, 2018. But, we only have a few hosts and we need more.

We’d like to put in 30 trees again and have only 9 trees, or 3 complexes so far. We need your help in identifying hosts…your neighbor? friends? Would you be willing to reach out to them? A mailing is going to all land owners, but your personal invitation is what works the best. If someone is interested,  please send their info to [email protected] and we will email them information right away.

We need to act now as they need to sign an agreement and we need to mark the location(s). If your place could handle more fish sticks, that would be awesome as well.

Please help now. Thanks for helping!

KLA Receives 2016 Partnership Award from WI DNR

The WI-DNR’s Steve Hogler (our lake’s Fish Biologist) and Mary Gansberg informed our Association back in April that we were selected to receive a 2016 “Fisheries Partnership Award” for our region. The award recognizes an organization as a “partner who is going far and beyond” assisting WI-DNR in its mission. Only one award is given annually per each of the 5 regions in the state. The award recognizes the Kangaroo Lake Association for the tremendous work we’ve been doing “over the years.” This includes our Bulrush and Fish Sticks (Shoreline Restoration) efforts as well as our efforts with mapping and manually removing milfoil, water testing, website information and education, protecting shorelines with no wake buoys, fish cribs, other studies, etc. Here is the letter that Steve wrote nominating us for the award.

Members of the Kangaroo Lake Association (KLA) gathered at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor the morning of September 10, 2016 for the presentation of the award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Here is an article in the Door County Pulse describing the celebration.

2016 Fish Stick Installation

In 2014 we received a grant to help our shorelines, and we have begun work on our three-year project. Here is press coverage of the second 15 installations we did on February 20, 2016:

• KLA Press Release
• Door County Advocate – Kevin Naze Article
• Door County Pulse Article

Read Tom’s first-hand account of the day: Guys on Ice III.

We are beginning a list of members who want to host a Fish Stick complex in winter, 2017. For more information, contact Tom Schneider. Here’s more information on our Shoreline Preservation Grant.