The Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife Improvement Association staged its 29th annual Wild Game Feed last Saturday, once again raising thousands of dollars that will benefit local projects involving youth education, habitat improvement, recreational infrastructure, tourism and conservation in general.

Every community could use one of these nonprofit organizations but few have taken on the enormous challenge of finding a couple dozen dedicated, hard-working volunteers who are committed to the cause.

What can be accomplished through a non-profit conservation and education entity is basically unlimited. This group does fish stocking, crib placement, boat landing work, college scholarships, hunter’s safety instruction, habitat enhancement, lake aeration and one of the most extensive school wildlife displays in Wisconsin. They promote family fishing and support worthy causes such as the Wounded Warrior program.

Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife has been a big backer of youth education and the shooting sports since its inception in 1990. That’s why the group recently donated more than $5,000 in high-quality, fully-adjustable shotguns for the high school trap team. That’s why they spent more than $1,000 last year to provide 3-D animal targets for archery classes in the physical education department.

Every community in this tourism region could benefit from a local organization that repairs and maintains boat landings, publishes a crib location book for anglers, improves fisheries and fish habitat and champions the cause of conservation. But of course, this doesn’t work without the generosity and support of an entire community.

Three Lakes might have been the first to do so, but there are other communities here filled with conservation-minded outdoors people who want to make a difference. We’d like to encourage others to try, and as a community newspaper, we’d be happy to help communicate your plans and needs to our readers.

Directors on the Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife board are the epitome of diversity in age, background, professions and personal abilities. But they share a common bond when it comes to youth education, resource enhancement and helping those who hunt and fish.

Mutual firefighting aid crucial in rural settings

Tragic fires in Three Lakes last winter and two major residential fires in Sayner last weekend illustrate the incredible importance of mutual aid between our small but talented and hard-working volunteer fire departments.

Many of these blazes are just too big for one department and its personnel to handle, so the teamwork of four, five or six departments adding equipment and experienced firefighters is crucial to saving lives and neighboring properties.

It is quite impressive how quickly neighboring departments respond to these devastating events and how well the various departments work together. Being trained to perform under authority of any incident command center really makes their work effective.

Behind the editorial ‘we’

   Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Michelle Drew.