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Lake Camelot

Lake CamelotLake Camelot in Adams County, Wisconsin, is a man-made lake in the center part of the state. It was developed in 1968-1970, and it was surrounded by red oaks, jack pines and white oaks, with a few aspen scattered throughout. Green common areas that were to be kept in their natural condition, according to the covenants, surround the private lots in the area. Lake Camelot has 37 subdivisions, and each has several acres of green areas. The jack pines in the area have reached their full growth and are dying. The oaks are suffering from oak wilt, and they are dying as well. As a result, our green areas are full of dead, dying, and downed trees. This is an extreme fire hazard, as the land is sand country, and we have had drought conditions the last few years.

Lake CamelotIn 2006, Lake Camelot Property Owners Association (LCPOA) formed a Firewise committee to work with Firewise Communities/USA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources representative. A plan was set into place for the Firewise Committee to grant permits to clean out an area, and a process was developed to apply for a permit through LCPOA . The state DNR Firewise representatives did a survey in March of 2006, and high-risk areas were identified. Lake Camelot would be eligible for a grant to start a Firewise program. The grant was applied for and, while we waited to hear something, we began to clean up a trial area of about five acres along one of the most frequently traveled roads in Chester Subdivision. We had volunteers working to drag out the dead and down wood; we had other volunteers using a chainsaw to cut branches into sizes that could be handled. Still other volunteers brought trailers to haul loads of wood to the recycle center in the town of Rome. Over the summer, we had 27 volunteers that worked 430 hours---59 hours with chain saws, 80 truck/trailer loads hauled to the recycle center, and seven cleaning and disposal days. In addition, three residents completed major Firewise projects to reduce their personal risk of wildfire. Recognition was given to the residents of Lake Camelot, Chester Addition in August of 2007.

Residents of Lake Camelot, Cadbury Addition were impressed with the results of the Firewise project in Chester Addition and started their project in the fall of 2006. 27 volunteers worked a total of 300 hours on 45 workdays. They cut, cleared and removed 88 truck/trailer loads of dead wood. Recognition was given to lake Camelot, Cadbury Addition, in August of 2007.

Lake CamelotLake Camelot, Cranbrook Addition began a clean-up effort in December 2006. There were three areas they wanted to clean. One was an area about 100’ x 300’ that had mostly dead jack pines that needed to be removed. The next was a bad area of fallen oaks from strong down winds a number of years ago. It was about 100’ x 300’. The third area was about three acres and had downed oaks and jack pines. 43 volunteers worked about 223 hours on 18 different workdays on these areas. This project was the first one to rent a chipper from the LCPOA in order to dispose of the deadwood. By June of 2007, the work sites had been transformed. Recognition was given to the residents of Lake Camelot, Cranbrook Addition in August of 2007.

Lake Camelot has a mile long channel between two lakes called Upper Camelot and Lower Camelot. The road on one side of the channel crosses the dam between Lake Sherwood and Lake Camelot, and is a little over a mile long. One side of the road is green space, while the other side is private waterfront property. In 2006, a group of volunteers cleaned out the Cadbury Addition, which is about two-thirds of the way along the road.

Lake Camelot, Falk Addition was the next project that was tackled by volunteers. Falk Addition has road frontage of about 500 feet, and a depth of about 300 feet at one point and 600 feet at another. Green space separates all the off shore lots at Lake Camelot, so these deep areas run behind lots. Nineteen workdays were needed to clean out Falk Addition. We had 23 volunteers who contributed 210.5 hours. We pulled out dead and downed trees, cut them into sizes that could be handled easily by the volunteers, and chipped up the brush. Many of the larger pieces of wood were left on the roadside for residents to use for campfires. We finished this project on August 24, 2007.

Lake Camelot, Excaliber Addition came next. It is located on the same road as the Falk and Cadbury Additions. There was one very large green area, about 69,000 sq. ft. of downed and dead trees, that needed attention. Twenty volunteers worked 24 days and 292 hours to finish the job. The dead and downed wood was piled up, stumps were cut to the ground, and ladders of dead branches were trimmed up to 6’ from the ground. The chipper was used and chips were spread over the area. Larger pieces of wood that could be used for campfires were stacked along the road. The project was completed on October 6, 2007.