I hope everyone's 2014 is off to a good start. This message is my first 2014 YCIASP update for you.
I hope that you, your Horn Pond organization or a group of your members will be able to participate in the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program's Invasive Plant Patrol (VLMP's IPP) Introductory workshop on Saturday, June 14th in Acton. A NH Weed Watch component is also planned for the workshop. It will be a collaborative effort by local groups to host the event, with Acton-Wakefield Watershed Alliance taking on the lead host role. York County Invasive Aquatic Species Project (YCIASP), the project that I coordinate, will be involved as one of the co-hosts of the event. Linda Schier, Executive Director of AWWA, has provided an invitation and useful information below.
It will be good to see as many of you there that have not yet been to this VLMP IPP Intro workshop training. Since it is happening in June, it will be a good, and very positive, way to "kick-off" the Invasive Plant Patrol surveying activities for Horn Pond in 2014! And for the rest of York County too.
Please feel free to contact Linda Schier or me for more information. You'll be hearing more from me soon about 2014 YCIASP plans.
Laurie Callahan, YCIASP Coordinator, 802-258-1877
Linda Schier, Executive Director AWWA, lindaschier@AWwatersheds.org
Here are the details:
Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol/Weed Watcher Workshop
The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th at a venue in Acton, ME (either the Town Hall or the Congregational Church, depending upon registrations).
The primary goal of this comprehensive, 6-hour workshop is to provide those who wish to join Maine and New Hampshire's early detection effort with information and guidance needed to get started. All IPP/WW training sessions are open to the public and FREE to anyone interested in learning more about the threat of invasive aquatic plants in Maine and New Hampshire. This is a ground-breaking event as it will be the first time the two states have partnered so we will all benefit from their distinctive expertise.
The workshop is presented in four parts:
- Overview of invasive species issues in Maine, New Hampshire and beyond (native vs invasive is included in this section).
- Aquatic plants: plant communities; identification fundamentals; ID characteristics of New Hampshire and Maine's most unwanted and their native look-alikes.
- Plant identification hands-on exercise with live plants (natives and invasives).
- Conducting a screening survey: tools; techniques; documentation; certification; and how these programs differ by state. All workshop participants receive an Invasive Plant Patroller's Handbook, Maine's Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants, and NH's Weed Watcher Kit.