REGION – Now that spring has sprung, Vermonters can get ahead of the curve in curbing the spread of invasive plants that crowd out native plants, consume their resources, and compromise water quality. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is providing opportunities for landowners, boaters and anglers to assist the state in combatting these unwelcome species. A new resource gives Vermonters information about how to easily identify invasive species and provides recommendations for removing them or preventing their spread. The LIEP program (Locate-Identify-Evaluate-Prevent) is an online tool landowners, boaters, anglers, and concerned citizens can use to prevent the spread of invasive species.
“Everyone who loves the outdoors should take responsible and usually easy actions to protect Vermont’s landscape and important habitats,” said Dave Adams, a Fish & Wildlife biologist who works with private landowners to improve habitat. “Being aware and educating yourself is the first and most important step in controlling invasive species.”
Information about the LIEP program and resources for preventing the spread of invasive species is available at the Fish and Wildlife website, vtfishandwildlife.com.