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                                              A Message from the President

                                             October, 2018

 

With the sounds of summer quickly turning to the quiet of fall and the approaching winter season, 
we’re happy to report the BLA is alive and well.

The BLA welcomed “fresh blood” to the board this year with two new representatives filling the boots of retiring directors in South Bay and Lakeview.
One of whom is longtime director and most recent president, Bob Nixon. 
Thank you Bob for your commitment to the BLA and for continuing to serve another 12 months in the role of Past President.

The BLA is  undertaking a study of the aquatic plants in Balsam Lake to establish a base line in order to better 
understand and monitor any invasive plant species entering the lake.
Initial studies started this past August and will resume next spring. 
Side note to fisherman: the biologists undertaking the study have noticed a health bass fingerling population. 

Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) has successfully accepted the donation of the 660 acre Caition property just north of Hannivan’s Creek at Highway 48.
Recognizing this property as an important watershed serving Balsam Lake, the BLA supported this KLT project,
will continue our endorsement as the KLT seeks donations to increase its stewardship fund to ensure the property can be cared for in perpetuity.
For more information http://kawarthalandtrust.org/the-cation-wildlife-preserve/

Recognizing the need for direct communication with our 15 Road (and Island) Associations, 
the BLA will be sending relevant “News Briefs” to a central contact from your association.
We hope you read and saw value in our first Brief when we canvassed local municipal candidates for their views on lake-related topics.

Speaking of communication, our Facebook page has almost 350 followers. If you haven’t already, check out the page and follow along
https://www.facebook.com/BalsamLakeAssociation/

And finally, the BLA has plans to sponsor an annual speaker series.
Stay tuned for more information on our inaugural event in 2019.

From the shores of beautiful Balsam Lake, I look forward to serving as your president for the upcoming two-year term.
Balsam Lake has been part of my life for the past 50 years and I now reside on the western shore of North Bay year-round.

I’ll be building a rink this winter—be sure to bring your skates.

Dean Michel
President