Maine’s lakes & streams are being invaded!
Early detection is our best defense.
Please join us for this fun, educational and FREE event:
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s
INVASIVE PLANT PATROL PLANT PADDLE
AND COURTESY BOAT INSPECTION WORKSHOP
Hosted by Friends of Wilson Pond
Supported by Piscataquis Soil & Water Conservation District
On Saturday, August 18th, 35 Johnson Road on Lower Wilson Pond
Plant Paddle: 9 AM – 12 PM
Courtesy Boat Inspection: 11 AM – 1 PM
Paddlers of all ages are welcome to attend! See below for a list of things to bring.
IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 783-7733 to register, or for more information.
Maine’s lakes, rivers and streams are increasingly threatened by non-native invasive plants. Once established in a lake, stream or pond, early detection of an invasive aquatic plant provides the best hope of eradicating the invader. Trained volunteers play an extremely important role in this effort. The work is interesting, rewarding and fun!
What you will need to bring:
- Small, shallow-draft boat, e.g. canoe, kayak, inflatable, lightweight skiff, etc. (If you do not have a boat, please contact the event host, or the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.)
- Personal Floatation Device (PFD) e.g. life jacket
- Food and water to keep you going throughout the session
- Hand net or small plastic garden rake for collecting specimens and catching fragments.
- Small anchor
- Polarized sun glasses (not essential, but very helpful)
- 5-10 power magnifying glass or hand lens for examining plant specimen structure. (We will have some loaner lenses on hand as well)
- Extra clothes, bathing suit, snorkeling gear, sunscreen, camera, etc.
Snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided free of charge by Friends of Wilson Ponds
Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are made possible with support from
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Boater participation in Maine’s Lake and River Protection Sticker Program, The Ram Island Conservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Portland Water District, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, & donations from individuals, Workshop Hosts, Lake & Watershed Associations, and Businesses.