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Workshop offered in invasive plant patrol field methods

Jefferson -

JEFFERSON – With the dangers of invasive plants eroding water quality and destroying habitat for native species, awareness has been climbing. Two thousand plant patrollers have already been trained at the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s free courses.

Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association will be hosting one of the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s courses – an Invasive Plant Patrol Field Methods Workshop from 8am to 12:30pm on Saturday, August 14th. On-lake instruction and actual practice of field methods for conducting plant patrol surveys will be provided. Participants must bring their own shallow draft boats, such as canoes, kayaks or inflatables. Loaner boats may be available upon request. While the course was designed as advanced training for those who have already attended the introductory IPP workshop, previous experience is not a prerequisite. The workshop will launch from DLWA’s office at 38 Lake Farm Circle in Jefferson. All are welcome.

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.

Thirty-one water bodies in Maine are now known to have invasive plant infestations. A small invasive plant colony can quietly and rapidly overtake a lake and can then spread to other locations. Last fall, Hydrilla, an aggressive invasive aquatic plant, was initially identified in Damariscotta Lake by a volunteer plant patroller.

Founded in 1966, The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association is committed to enhancing the quality of life in and around Damariscotta Lake, assuring enjoyment for all of its natural and human residents. Learn more at www.dlwa.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Julia Davis

Telephone Number: (207)549-3836

Website: http://www.dlwa.org

Email: Julia@dlwa.org