Specially trained staff members and volunteers identify and document locations of and levels of invasive plant infestations in our waters. The data is then used to create a comprehensive map that will show the location and level of infestation of variable milfoil as well as eurasian milfoil so that we can determine the best harvesting locations for maximum impact.
How to identify varaible milfoil
Variable milfoil has a central stem (which may be green or red in color) with whorls of 4 to 6 feather-like leaves areound it. Due to these whorls, milfoil has a bottlebruch like appearance.
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Whether you see them swimming, paddleing, or boating around the shore line our surveyors are diligently scouring the lake floor looking for any unwelcome invasive species. Sometimes it isn't the most glamorous job but these folks are made of tougher stuff. Make sure to give them a wave or a shout out when you see them on your lake! (If you see the boat in the image above on Cobbossee lake that is the Special Ops team and there task is to survey ALL of Cobbossee lake this summer! So, be sure to give them a smile or approving nod as they have a lot of work to do.)
How shorefront owners can help
The three things shorefront need to remember if they see a suspicious plant are:
Spot it! - If you see a plant that you think may be invasive milfoil take note of its location so that we may be able to find it agin.
Snap it! - Take a photo of the plant. Removing it may cause fragments to float away allowing the plant to spread even more! Taking a photo is the best way to document it and we will do the rest.
Send it! - Send us your photo so that our trained staff can identify the plant, and determine if it needs removal or if it is a safe native.
Here is a helpful guide that can assist you in identifying invasive milfoil and what to do if you think you have found some.
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