Friday, August 08, 2014

New Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Guide available

A new resource is available for lake stewards and managers: Maine Citizens' Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plant Management. It covers readiness assessment, determining the best manual control strategy, hiring staff, developing an action plan, and much more. Plus, provides a number of case studies.
"Once an infestation has been confirmed, rapid response is crucial. The prospects for effective management or even eradication, is greatly increased by swift, well-planned, and properly executed controls. The purpose of the Citizens’ Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plant Management is to provide the information necessary to effectively manage invasive aquatic plant (IAP) populations; to prepare for such an eventuality; and to address all associated activities. Methods described in this Guide are based upon tested best management practices for controlling aquatic plants effectively and in a manner that protects wildlife and habitat." (Maine VLMP)

Visit Maine's Volunteer Lake Assessment Program's Citizen's Guide web page for more information and to download the PDF version of the Guide.
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Source: Jacolyn Bailey, Project Director at Maine Milfoil Initiative / Saint Joseph's College

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