Project works to preserve wildlife along the Kangaroo Lake shoreline

BAILEYS HARBOR (WLUK) -- It's not easy moving a 35 to 50-foot-long tree, but volunteers took to the ice on Kangaroo Lake helping to create "Fish Sticks."

A project that places harvested trees along the shoreline to help create wildlife habitats.

"The secret is 92-percent of the life of the whole lake has it's origin on the shoreline," said Tom Schneider President of the Kangaroo Lake Association.

Schneider says the lack of trees falling naturally was one of the reasons why they started the project, "As people built cottages on their homes, those trees that fell into the water had been eliminated."

A total of 31 trees were placed all around the lake, and cabled in front of the shoreline of willing homeowners.

The effort is a partnership between the Kangaroo Lake Association, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Sturgeon Bay Nature Conservancy who donated the trees.

"It's a win, win for both us and the Kangaroo Lake Association, we're taking the trees that we were going to harvest anyway, and are really putting them to beneficial use in the lake here," said Kari Hagenow, a land steward with the Nature Conservancy.

As the ice begins to melt, the trees will settle down into the lake bed, creating an ideal home for mother nature.

"They'll create a really good home for fish, for turtles, other wildlife that may use these trees or perch on them such as birds," continued Hagenow.

Something Schneider has seen firsthand, in what he calls Lake stewardship, "The ones at our house the ducks nested in them, in a place where we never had ducks before, and they were just having a ball."

Schneider says in the 3 years of the program, a total of 76 trees have been placed along the shoreline.

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