September 7, 2001
Prepared for WACF
Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation
Table of Contents Page
1. Overall structure of the strategic plan_____________________________3
2. Strengths of the Wawasee Area Watershed _________________________5
3. Threats to conservation of the Wawasee Area Watershed _______________5
4. Organizational planning recommendations – Planning Committee_________7
5. Tables with goals and action lists for each fundamental objective __________7
Appendix: fundamental objective and detailed objective background ________18
1. Overall structure of the strategic plan
The mission of the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, approved on September 27, 1992 states: “The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation is a local public foundation dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Wawasee Area Watershed for present and future uses”. In addition, the Goals and Action Plan Statement reads:
The geographical area covered by WACF’s mission statement is the watershed area for lakes Bonar, Papkeechie, Wawasee and Syracuse. The common denominator for all of them is water quality. WACF is, therefore, concerned with the factors which influence and affect water quality. In addition, this lakes area is a livable pleasant environment, with a high aesthetic value, and WACF will be involved with the factors which affect this environment.
The Foundation was formed to sense, search out and solve threats to this environment and to its water quality. It is intended to be an activist group, carrying out the mapping and testing studies which look for problems and which can take the necessary steps for their solution. This can mean conservancy easements or property acquisition or educational programs or tree plantings, as examples.
To accomplish these aims, WACF will develop a plan for financing this work, using a combination of techniques, again as examples memberships, donations, grants, sponsorships and fundraisers.
To integrate and encourage communication on these goals, WACF will be establishing networks and liaisons with other organizations, creating a climate which encourages citizens to voice their interest and support to this work while minimizing unnecessary duplications.
These, and other goals and objectives to be developed, will emerge as WACF moves forward.
The four elements of WACF’s mission, or factors that effect water quality that must be addressed are: 1. Wetlands conservation, 2. Wise management of Agriculture, 3. Community commitment to controlled development and water use, 4. Preservation of water quality of the lakes
The four fundamental objectives of WACF, designed to address these issues are: 1. Land Acquisition and Management, 2. Ecological Advocacy and Action, 3. Education, 4. Development. Each of these fundamental objectives can be accomplished by a number of detailed objectives. The overall structure of the strategic plan is pictured on the following page.