Nature Notes

Ripple in still Water

Today I am thinking about ripples. Although we have all seen ripples spread out across the surface of Fox Hill Lake from thrown stones, landing geese, beaver tail slaps and feeding fish, these are not the type of ripples I am thinking of.  I am thinking of the often unseen ripples that spread out from one group’s or individual’s actions.  Specifically, I thinking of all the work that has been done with the Native Habitat Project at the Bennetts Farm Beach property.  I know that ripples from this project have spread out across the lake to our property and have inspired me to make as many improvements on our lakefront as I can.  In fact, I just placed an order for several natives that are happy in a wetland environment, such as Fairywand (Chamaelirium luteum), White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) and Broad-leaved waterleaf (Hydrophyllum canadense).  These will be added to our lakefront this spring.  I am sure that many of you reading this have also been inspired and that you have been busy removing invasives and planting natives. Maybe you have planted a milkweed plant or a native aster.  If so, we want to know!  Simply email us at to send us pictures and/or a note about what you have done.  Every single new native is noteworthy! Together we can transform our lake community into an ecological haven, which will only make life better for beaver, fish, frogs and of course ourselves! 

-Jean Linville


Keeping our Lake Beatiful

Fox Hill Lake Watershed

 Click the link below to see where the water for Fox Hill Lake is coming from.  If you aren't sure if the water running off of your property ends up in the lake, take a look.  Then see the tips below to see how you can help keep our lake healthy.

Fox Hill Lake Watershed Map

How to protect the watershed

 -fertilize frugally and preferably with natural fertilizers
-use natural, dye-free mulches
-adding new plants? try natives and pollinator friendly plants
-remove invasive plants, such as phragmites and purple loosestrife from waterfronts       
-recover fishing line, lures, weights and bobbers that break free when fishing
-make sure that your septic system has been inspected and cleaned within the last 2 years


 It is supposed to keep our waste water contained, but as you can see in the link below, there are ways that our failure to keep it maintained can cause leakage. This leakage will eventually reach the lake and it can have a number of different impacts ranging from increased vegetation growth to the addition of harmful chemicals and minerals.  Click below to see how your septic tank is supposed to work and what can go wrong.  Don't worry, there are no graphic images. 

how does a septic tank work?

Grass Carp

 Those giant fish you see in the lake are grass carp.  They are stocked by the association to help control the overgrowth of aquatic vegetation.  These fish are predominantly herbivores (plant eaters) and can grow to enormous sizes.  They are not predatory/aggressive and pose no risk to animals or humans.  They are very shy and if you get too close they will swim away with tremendous force causing a huge splash and leaving a wake in their path.   These fish are bread to be sterile as to avoid them becoming the dominant fauna in the ecosystem. This mean they must be restocked every 3-5 years.  We received numerous donations to purchase the fish last year but are always on the lookout for members willing to add to our carp stocking fund.  While they are very difficult to catch via a rod and reel, if you happen to, please release them back into the water as soon as possible to avoid harm.  If the fish has swallowed the hook please do not pull it out, just cut the line as close to the hook as possible, it will rust out in time and the fish should survive.