BOULDER JUNCTION - Mother Nature means a lot to the Northwoods.
The environment supports the plants and animals that make this such a beautiful place.
But invasive species can threaten that balance.
That's why the UW Trout Lake Station held an open house in Boulder Junction Friday.
The center showed examples of non-native plants and animals you can now find in the Northwoods.
Tim Kratz is the director at the station. He has worked there for more than 30 years. He believes people from the area can use the information from open house.
"One of the challenges for us is to make that research available to the people that use the area," Kratz said. " We try to make what we do at the station more relevant to the local population and the people that come and visit this wonderful area.
Others like Sam Oliver work at the station for school. She studies small lakes and their importance to the Northwoods.
"These small lakes are cycling nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon and they are really active sites," Oliver said. "Even though people dont live on them they're performing functions for the ecosystem that are really important."
The Trout Lake Station does research for the U-W Center for Limnology in Madison.
Its studies help the Northwoods maintain its environment.
They also prepare and study possible threats to the area.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's July 4th parade will follow a slightly different route this year, due a major downtown reconstruction project. But the parade organizer says people are as excited as ever for the celebrations.
Instead of going down Brown Street as in years past, the parade will step off right in front of the Oneida County Courthouse on Oneida and Davenport Streets. The route will then go down Pelham Street, past City Hall, and north up Courtney ending at Young Street.
"We know there's excitement when they're saying, 'Is there going to be a parade? Is there going to be a parade? How are you going to do it,'" parade director Dale Schlieve said.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of signs around downtown Rhinelander this summer. Some say "road closed," others say "detour". But some new, large signs will help you find all the downtown businesses are still open.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. printed several laminated signs directing people to those downtown shops and restaurants. The signs will be placed on Lincoln Street as well as various entry points downtown.
Hext Theater Owner Jim Hext, who serves as DRI's promotions director, says some store owners put signs up in front of their buildings, which made a big difference.
"A lot of traffic flowed to their businesses then because of the signage that they put up," Hext said. "So this is in hope that people will kind of see that as well too."
LAONA - This time last year, staff at Camp LeFeber in Laona thought they weren't going to have another season. The Boy Scout Camp was set to close last summer, but with the help of one group and people in the community, it'll stay open this year and perhaps for years to come.
Camper Erik Norlock has made the trip from Whitefish Bay to Camp LeFeber in Laona since he finished 5th grade.
"I care a lot about every single scout that we have here," said Norlock. "And being about to do it in such an amazing place is really something that touches home for me."
But the now high school graduate and hundreds more boy scouts who travel to the camp every year almost didn't have a place to go back to.
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