Southeastern Vermont lakes, ponds, and rivers need your help

LUDLOW, Vt. – On Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fletcher Memorial Library will host a Vermont Invasive Patroller workshop followed by an afternoon VIP paddle on Echo Lake at Camp Plymouth State Park.

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Eurasian watermilfoil. Photo provided.

Join VT DEC Lakes & Ponds staff at a Vermont Invasive Patrollers workshop to learn how to monitor lakes, ponds, and rivers for aquatic invasive species, survey healthy native plant populations, and reduce the threat of aquatic invasive species introductions. Learn the differences between native, exotic, nuisance, and invasive species; how invasive species are introduced and established; how to differentiate invasive aquatic plants and animals from native lookalikes; and how to conduct surveys for aquatic invasive plants in water bodies. Interested participants are encouraged to join the statewide network of volunteers who survey for aquatic invasive species in their favorite lake, pond, or river.

This 4-hour VIP workshop will include classroom time with an introductory overview, including hands-on aquatic species identification training. There will be a break for lunch, and then an on-the-water aquatic plant survey session at Camp Plymouth State Park at Echo Lake. Echo Lake is on the Black River, which meets the Connecticut River in Springfield. The on-the-water visit will be weather permitting.

You will need to provide your own lunch and, for the on-the-water portion of the workshop, you will need a non-motorized vessel (typically canoe or kayak), life preserver, and paddle. Preregistration for this workshop is required.

Contact Kim Jensen at kimberly.jensen@vermont.gov or 802-490-6120. Workshop and materials are offered at no cost. Space is limited. Bring your lunch and canoe or kayak.

Workshop is presented by VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation – Lakes & Ponds Program staff, and co-hosted by VT Forests, Parks & Recreation, Ottauquechee Nat. Res. Cons. District, Black River Action Team, and Windham County Nat. Res. Cons. District.

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