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Protect your favorite lake from invasive plants

Jefferson -

JEFFERSON РThis summer the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program will again offer an Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop, which will take place from 2:30-8:30pm on Thursday, July 15  at the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association (DLWA) office at 38 Lake Farm Circle in Jefferson. This workshop is co-hosted by DLWA and the Pemaquid Watershed Association.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at vlmp@mainevlmp.org or (207) 783-7733 to register. For on-line registration and workshop schedule updates please visit www.mainevolunteerlakemonitors.org/workshops.

Invasive plants are not native to Maine, and thus they lack predators and competition. Left unchecked, they can outcompete native plants, clog waterways and negatively affect fish populations. As a result, invasive plant infestations can lead to decreased property values and loss of recreational opportunities.

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

Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are provided free of charge to participants by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program Center for Invasive Aquatic Plants. IPP workshops are funded in large part by a grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection with funds generated by the 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 the workshops. 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 Certified IPP Volunteers.

Additional training is available in a Invasive Plant Patrol Field Methods Workshop scheduled for August 14 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Damariscotta Lake, leaving from the DLWA office and several shorter trainings offered by DLWA focused on Hydrilla. Please register by contacting Julia Davis at 549-3836 or Julia@dlwa.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Julia Davis

Telephone Number: (207)549-3836

Website: http://www.dlwa.org

Email: Julia@dlwa.org