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Alaina Lenz

Alaina A. Lenz ’24

…thanks to generous gifts from alumni and friends. From managing donor data to cutting out paper snowflakes to decorate the Ponzio, I’ve done it all. However, when I’m not frantically driving around campus in a golf cart or chasing my boss around in a dinosaur costume, my main role in…

Northland College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Development Nicole Foster

Meeting The World With Heart

…addition to analyzing census and survey data, students planned creative engagement activities to learn what residents value most and identify priorities for neighborhood improvement. Students shared findings and policy recommendations with Ashland city councilors, Parks and Recreation Commission members, and local residents. In the spring, we hope to build on…


Burke Center Report Proposes Steps to Protect Artesian Wells

…has a groundwater plan that seeks to improve data and partnerships on groundwater, as well as assuring permitted withdrawals are sustainable. A 2004 groundwater quantity law that expanded state authority to consider impacts from high-capacity wells was meant to be a first step in better regulating groundwater withdrawals, Ambs said….

wolf laying down

TWA Responds to 2021 Wolf Harvest

Timber Wolf Alliance Statement

…Resources use of a new monitoring strategy, which uses occupancy models rather than the traditional minimum count system, will add additional challenges to future wolf conservation. It is also unfortunate that the DNR opted not to collect certain biological data from harvested wolves that could have increased our understanding of…

Article from the Ashland Daily Press about a loon rescue

From the Archives: Project LoonWatch

…ranges was growing, and the need for a long-term monitoring program had been identified. As Gary Cholwek explains in the first Wisconsin Project Loon Watch Report, LoonWatch “was initiated in 1978 to respond to that need.” Now in its forty-fourth year, LoonWatch continues to gather longitudinal data about common loons…

Northland College staff Stacy Craig

A Deeper Life Because of Northland

…writer Frederick Buechner described vocation as, “where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” When I am collating data on where our students have interned over the past year, I get to see a big picture of the impact that their work is having in the world. It’s a…

Aversion to Diversion

A year after “Aversion to Diversion” White Paper, Bayfield County Maps Artesian Wells

Paper addressed unique groundwater resources in a far-northern-Wisconsin county.

…provided more context and perspective about the region’s unique artesian groundwater resources. “The center looks forward to the mapping results, and to seeing what comes next,” said Damstra. “These data will help the county make good decisions about water moving forward.” A PDF of the white paper is available here….


Binational Commission Hears Concerns About The Great Lakes

International Joint Commission Listens As Campus and Community Detail Issues Threatening Water Quality

…Service data shows rainfall has increased by more than a third since the mid-20th century when much of that road infrastructure was built. “Basically, Ashland and the Chequamegon Bay region are a hotspot for rainfall precipitation intensity increases,” Hudson said. More severe storms have also caused significant issues with Ashland’s…

Evelyn Doolittle

Student Intern Makes Surprising Discovery

Loon Parents Raise Mallard Duckling

…At each lake, they observed behaviors and took notes, filling out data sheets with shorthand for various behaviors. On the day of the discovery, Doolittle headed out onto Long Lake in her canoe on a rainy, windy day. She knew a chick might be hatching because the team had noted…

Wildlife Ecology student

White River Property Creates Outdoor Classroom

Genevieve and Patrick Bradley Donated Land in 1983

…year students have collected data that will be added to a database for later analysis. “One of the best ways to understand what species are present and where they are located is through the use of track surveys,” Olson said. “This is a great place to do that.” More Philanthropy…