MINIMIZING HARM WITH SHORELINE PATROLS

 

Invasive plant infestations are FOREVER – they are impossible to eradicate! But, if they are found early, they can usually be managed in a cost-effective manner. The goal of the Shoreline Patrol program is locate infestations while they are small using trained volunteer patrollers in boats, or snorkeling or using scuba gear.

Plant Patrollers, Joani Yankee and Liz Pimentel collect specimens.

Each year we train and coordinate more than 80 patrollers. Divided into teams on 12 different waterbodies: Beaver Mountain, Cupsuptic, Kennebago, Little Kennebago, Loon, Mooselookmeguntic, Rangeley, and Saddleback Lakes, along with Dodge, Quimby, Haley, and Gull Ponds.

Patrollers survey over 90 miles of shoreline while identifying and mapping the location of more than 80 native (“good” plants). To date, they have not found any invaders.

Join us this year for an Invasive Plant Patrol Paddling Workshop on July 26 at Hunter Cove on Rangeley Lake. This will give new volunteers an opportunity to gain more experience handling and identifying plants. 

We will also host two Plant Identification Sessions for our Shoreline Patrollers. Join us August 23 from 9 AM - 12 PM and on August 30 from 1 PM - 4 PM at our office in Oquossoc. This workshop will focus on identifying native and invasive species and techniques to do so. 

Each summer we try to increase the number of volunteers and water bodies. All our volunteers need is access to a kayak, canoe, or small powerboat and the desire to protect our lakes and ponds. FMI, please contact Amanda Davis at 864-7311 x 5 or adavis@rlht.org.

Click Here to read about 2016's Invasive Plant Patrol season.