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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769              June 23, 2019

SCHEDULE CHANGE:  AIS Landing Blitz at DLB Boat Ramp June 29-30th
DLIA is a participant in the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)’s 6th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz. The AIS Landing Blitz is a collaborative outreach campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through recreational boating and related activities. Thanks to Scott Davis’s leadership and additional DLIA member volunteers, there will be a “meet and greet” with boaters on Saturday morning June 29th 10:00-Noon and Sunday morning June 30th 8:00 am-Noon at the Douglas Lake Boat Ramp.
            Our Blitz hosts meet with boaters during the event periods to share messaging about the dangers of aquatic invasive species and their prevention. 
DEGLE provides the “freebies” and outreach materials (examples, key chains, rack cards, towels, etc.). Please drop by on either Saturday June 29th (10-Noon) or Sunday June 30th morning (8-Noon) whether or not you’re putting a boat in the water. You won’t leave empty handed – and it’s always fun to catch up with DL neighbors and talk quality of life and boating on Douglas Lake. Check the DLIA Calendar at for specifics.
July 4th Merchandise Sale
The next DLIA Merchandise Sale is July 4th at the Pellston Locker from 10:00 AM until Noon. In spite of the rain on June 15th, many shoppers showed up for an “in the locker” shopping experience.  The new long and short sleeve Tee shirt designs are a big hit along with a very soft fabric hoodie sweatshirt.  Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny Independence Day sale! Come and check out new gift and apparel items. Look forward to 2020 with a new Douglas Lake calendar featuring fantastic photos from our members.
Sales are held at the Pellston Locker, just off Douglas Lake Road East of US31 in back of the Pellston Lodge. 
Saturday Sunfish Races Start July 6th
            Sailboat races have been happening on Douglas Lake for over 55 years. In the late ‘80s, Sunfish racing began. Because of its manageable size, versatility and requiring only one sailor to compete, the Sunfish is a popular choice for sailing on our Lake. This year racing is planned every Saturday starting July 6th at 2pm until Labor Day week-end. Last minute changes are not uncommon due to winds or bad weather. Dave Travis coordinates the Sunfish races and communicates with racers for the schedule and time changes. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact him by email or phone for further information at or 231-622-1085.
            New racers, young or older, are always welcome to just come out and watch. Dave’s hope is to get some more young people interested and is more than willing to work with them to get them started.
Silent Auction Success Story
Two new members of DLIA are the new owners of the donated kayaks. Pictured above is Jane Pilditch out on Douglas Lake enjoying her new water craft. DLIA is grateful for the Pilditch’s donation and we wish them many happy outings in their ‘new’ kayaks.
DLIA is looking for a Treasurer
            Can you work with spreadsheets?  Can you balance a check book?  Want to be more involved with DLIA?  The Treasurer serves a two-year term, which may be renewed for one additional two-year term. The Treasurer’s principal responsibilities are outlined in the DLIA 2016 Bylaws published in the DL Directory.  Additional information is available from Joan Hartwig, Chair of the Nominating Committee. You can self-nominate or suggest potential candidates to Joan.  Virtually all of the Treasurer’s job is done through on-line banking so the Treasurer does not need to be in residence at Douglas Lake year-round. As with all DLIA Officer, Director and Zone Rep positions, the Treasurer is a voting member of the Executive Board and serves as an unpaid volunteer.
            Contact Joan at or email
MSU Extension offers local shoreline Workshop July 19th
Michigan State University Extension is offering a workshop “Protecting Lakes: Enjoying and Caring for our Lakes at the Shoreline” at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga in Emmet County. The program highlights the benefits of natural lake shorelines and the techniques and tools property owners and local governments can take to maintain or recreate natural shorelines.
In Michigan, we are proud stewards of our many inland lakes. Regardless of their size, lakes enhance our quality of life by providing clean drinking water, food, beauty, and enjoyment. Lakes are also an invaluable asset which offers a unique sense of place and serve as a rich economic resource locally, regionally, and statewide. However, lakes are complex systems that are constantly influenced by our activities on the land and in the water.
In 2017 a report published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality [Note: Recently the former DEQ has changed its name to Environment, Great Lakes and Energy – EGLE – and modified its mission accordingly.] concluded that degraded lakeshore habitat is the biggest stressor to Michigan’s lakes. Indeed, intensely developed lakeshores can have a dramatic impact on lakes. For example, shoreline erosion increases when there are no native lakeshore plants to hold the soil in place with their deep and fibrous roots. Additionally, removing native vegetation can impair water quality by increasing pollutant and nutrient runoff from the upland portion of the shoreline property. Once trees, shrubs, and other plants are removed, their resident fish, birds, frogs and turtles will also disappear.
Often, when shoreline property is developed, traditional landscaping practices and ideas are used (i.e. a clean-cut lawn up to the water’s edge for the full length of the shoreline). This type of landscaping is not sustainable for the long term health of a lake. A more ideal approach instead is to have a balanced design between nature and the needs of the landowner. There are many lake-friendly practices and designs that integrate a natural component of shoreline development with landscaping plans. Many of these practices are as simple as adding native vegetation back to a portion of a shoreline property.
The MSU Extension program will take place on July 19th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 and includes handouts, refreshments, and lunch. Specific topics included in this workshop:
  • Introduction to Shorelines - Lake Ecosystems, Understanding the Shoreline, and Aquatic Plants
  • Natural Shorelines and Healthy Fisheries
  • Planning and Designing your Natural Shoreline Project
  • Maintenance and Natural Shoreline Success
  • Local Planning and Zoning for Natural Shorelines
  • State of Michigan Shoreline Rules and Regulations
  • Hands-on Aquatic Invasive Plant Identification
Participants will also enjoy a field component examining a local natural shoreline project. The program is sponsored in part by the Burt Lake Preservation Association, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, and Networks Northwest.
Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga is located at 11000 Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga Road on the shores of Pickerel Lake in Alanson, MI.  To learn more and register for the program, please visit
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