The mission of the YLPA is heavily involved in the proper caring for the natural environment in and around Yankee Lake.
Lakes go through a natural aging process. Storm run-off carries soil and nutrients into the low-lying areas (the lake). The soil settles, and the nutrients encourage plant and animal growth. The life cycle of the plants and animals, along with the in-coming soils, cause the lake to become shallower over time. The progression eventually fills in the pond or lake. The lake becomes a wetlands (what we used to call a swamp!), and eventually a meadow. Over time, the meadow gives way to forests, which have their own life cycles.
This process takes place over many years. So slowly hardly anyone ever notices. It is for this reason that our By-Laws call for the creation of a Lake Management Plan (and Woodland Management Plan). If you are interested in helping to research and create plans for managing our local lake environment, please use the contact link at the bottom of this page and let us know!