LIBERTY — Wondering what they look like???
If you’ve ever wondered what the aquatic invasive plants look like and if maybe that weed near your dock or tangled in your fishing line is one of “them,” now is the time to find out.
Citizens Association of Liberty Lakes (CALL) is hosting an Invasive Plant Patrol 101 training on Thursday, Aug, 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Liberty Town Office. It will be conducted by Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly VLMP) with slides and handouts (Must pre-register at the Lake Stewards of Maine website).
Formerly known as ‘Introductory IPP’ this comprehensive, 6-hour classroom experience prepares attendees for conducting or leading invasive aquatic plant screening surveys and satisfies the quality assurance requirement for IPP certification. All IPP training sessions are open to the public and FREE to anyone interested in learning more about the threat of invasive aquatic plants in Maine.
The workshop is presented in four parts:
• Overview of invasive species issues in Maine and beyond
• Plant identification fundamentals
• Plant identification hands-on exercise with live plants
• Conducting a screening survey, tools and techniques
All workshop participants receive an “Invasive Plant Patroller’s Handbook,” and Maine’s Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants.
Invasive aquatic plants spread quickly and take over a lakes and streams so swimming, boating and fishing are difficult if not impossible, according to Lake Stewards of Maine, in a news release. Maine currently has 29 infected lakes, some of them close to Liberty. Damariscotta Lake, the Belgrade Lakes in the Waterville area, and some of the lakes in the Augusta area are all potential threats. These plants are easily spread on boats going from one lake to another when plant fragments are attached to a boat, trailer of fishing tackle.
“You are not committing yourself to even taking part in our annual survey, (although we would love it if you did) or leading any projects,” said Stewards, in the release. “We only wish to have as many people who live or
recreate on the lakes to know what the invasive plants look like so if any do get in the lake, we can remove them early on and even eliminate them.”
Come join Stewards for a day of training. They’ll be taking time for a lunch break.
Lake Stewards of Maine provides all of their trainings free of charge to the public. IPP workshops are funded in large part by a grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection with funds generated by Maine Lake and River Protection Sticker Program.
Additional support for the workshops comes from foundation grants, private donations, and the generosity of local sponsors.
Anyone interested in learning about aquatic invaders is welcome to participate in LSM’s free trainings. Those who wish to become active members of Maine’s early detection team and to make a formal commitment to the statewide endeavor, are encouraged to become a CertifiedInvasive Plant Patroller(IPP).
Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program) is the oldest, and one of the largest, statewide citizen-based lake monitoring programs in the nation. Through its Invasive Plant Patrol program, LSM has now trained more than 3500 Plant Patrollers in communities across the state of Maine.
For more information regarding Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops, the threat of aquatic invaders, or Lake Stewards of Maine, contact: