In 2019 the invasive aquatic plant, variable water-milfoil, was discovered growing in Big Lake. This year, Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is working with DLLT, other area partners and a team of experienced Invasive Plant Patroller (IPPers) to conduct a comprehensive survey of the lake to determine the extent of spread of milfoil within the lake.
Please join LSM staff, part of the 2021 IPPer team, and their hosts, Big Lake Campmeeting, on Wednesday, July 14, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, for a FREE, informal training event. You will learn about the threat of invasive aquatic plants and the importance of early detection. All attendees will receive (and learn how to use) LSM’s waterproof, tear-resistant “Quick Key” which allows users to quickly determine whether or not any plant found in growing in the lake is suspicious. You will see live samples of the invasive variable leaf-milfoil, become familiar with many of Big Lake’s native aquatic plants, and practice skills needed to be an effective part of the Big Lake survey effort.
This training will take place both on shore and on the water. Attendees will need their own shallow draft boats (canoes, kayaks, small row boats or inflatables), paddles, and PFDs. Other equipment and materials will be provided.
Pre-registration is required. Please register here. If you are unable to attend the Paddle on 7/14 but would like to learn more and/or get involved, please contact Roberta Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.