Invasive plant patrol paddle, workshop offered on Lake St. George
LIBERTY — Maine waters are being invaded by invasive plants. As with a serious illness, early detection is key; the earlier the introduced invader — such as Eurasian water-milfoil or zebra mussels — is detected, the greater the chances for finding an effective treatment and reducing the risk of spread. With over 6000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of suitable stream habitat to be monitored for the presence of aquatic invaders on an ongoing basis, the challenge here in Maine is enormous.
Free training, coming soon to Lake St. George in Liberty, will provide you with everything you need to get started.
This summer, an invasive plant patrol plant paddle lead by the Lake Stewards of Maine will take place Thursday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Thursday, July 19th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Marshall Shores, Lake St. George in Liberty, Maine. This workshop is hosted by Citizens Association of Liberty Lakes (CALL).
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please contact Lake Stewards of Maine at steward@lakestewardsME.org or (207) 783-7733 to register. For online registration and workshop schedule updates please visit www.mainevlmp.org/invasive-plant-patrol-workshops/
The invasive plant patrol plant paddle is a 3-hour guided exploration that takes place on the shore and on the water. This is a fun, informal way to learn about the threat of aquatic invaders and the importance of early detection. Participants will learn how to use their new (free!) Quick Key to help spot suspected invaders, become familiar with the local native aquatic plants, and practice skills needed to be an effective early detector.
Participants must bring their own shallow draft boats (e.g. canoes, kayaks, inflatables). Loaner boats may be available upon request.
All workshop participants receive a free identification guide and other reference materials. Complimentary pizza and drinks will be available after the program.
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 Lake Stewards of Maine'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 Certified Invasive 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 internationally recognized Invasive Plant Patrol program, Lake Stewards of Maine has now trained over 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, please contact Roberta Hill, Lake Stewards of Maine Invasive Species Program Director, by phone at (207) 783-7733 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.