Jeff Kante, Former Village Forester & PJ Schampers from the Hwy Department
The Highway / Forestry Department is the public works department for the Village of Chenequa. The job title has been split to better define the two distinctive types of work with particular emphasis on Forestry. The wooded hills and tree-lined roads are two of the features that set Chenequa apart from other communities. When the Village was formed, steps were taken to preserve the natural beauty of the area. Among the first positions filled was that of a Village Forester. Immediately, an ordinance was passed to protect the vegetation along the roads. Additionally, several part-time employees are used during snow removal operations.
The Forester is responsible for the maintenance and development of the “Greenbelt” along the public roads, which serve as a naturalized barrier between the residences and the highway. The “Greenbelt” ensures privacy and preserves the rural aesthetics. The oldest Greenbelts planted in the 1930’s contain mature trees and have melded into the natural landscape.
The Highway/ Forestry Department also:
Cody Lincoln, Forester & Director of Public Works
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 – 4:30 pm / Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cody Lincoln, is a full-time employee of the Village since 2016. He is responsible for oversight and management of shoreline protection, identifying tree disease and management of tree diseases, as well as lake treatment and various other duties such as Public Works and Highway Department needs. Other areas Cody is responsible for are: the Deer Management Program, the Tree City and Bird City certifications, review of building plans and impacts they may have on the lakes, assure proposed driveway accesses are compliant for public safety vehicles, oversees all building and maintenance of village owned property, responds to village residents complaints or needs as required, works and coordinates with other local, county and state officials as it relates to village activities and services.
PJ Schampers, is a full-time employee of the Village since 2002. PJ assists Cody with the upkeep and oversight of all village properties including the Village Hall, both Pine Lake and Beaver Lake boat launches and other village properties. PJ also assists with the maintenance of all Highway Department equipment and the village’s snow plow operations. In the absence of the Village Forester, PJ Schmapers will assist in those duties as needed. PJ Schampers is also current and an active member of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue Department.
Emerald Ash Borer is here!
In recent years, the invasive insect Emerald Ash Borer has been making its way up Wisconsin leaving a devastating majority of dead ash trees in its wake. The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in the Midwest in 2002 and has since killed off 10’s of millions of native ash. With the alarming rate of spread, it was only a matter of time before the Emerald Ash Borer made its way to Lake Country. Now that it is here you need to act fast if you wish to save your ash tree population.
What are your options?
Treating trees you wish to save
How to Identify EAB
Wood pecker flecking
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Maples leaves turning brown?
Many of the Norway Maples have dark spots on the leaves or the leaves appear brown and dead. This is a leaf fungus known as Tar Spot. This is primarily an aesthetics problem and little harm is done to the trees.
For more information contact the Village Forester or download this UW Extension PDF.
Ash Trees Dropping Leaves
Just recently ash trees around the state have been prematurely dropping their leaves shortly after the trees leafed out. Due to loss of leaves, affected trees have a thinner crown compared to nearby broad-leaf trees of different species. Read entire document.