The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) is gearing up for another successful and busy summer of variable milfoil management. Discovered in the Squam Lakes in 2000, the SLA has worked tirelessly to control and eradicate this noxious aquatic plant through a variety of best management practices.
Last year, the SLA experienced their most successful milfoil management season to date, pulling a record amount of variable milfoil from the Squam Lakes and River. These efforts have indeed been rewarding; the Squam Lakes have not seen a new infestation location since 2007, and many current infestations are being reduced in size.
This year, the SLA hopes to build on last year’s successes and push variable milfoil back further. The SLA hires a team of Squam Conservation Interns who manage most of the removal efforts in the Squam Lakes. Local volunteers also play a critical role in the management of invasive species.
The SLA is currently recruiting volunteers to assist in their invasive plant management program. Weed Watchers survey the lakes for new, undetected milfoil infestations and report them to the SLA. This is an important component of milfoil management. The SLA is more successful in control if they can identify and eliminate new infestations before they become problematic.
The SLA invites those interested in learning more to join the upcoming Weed Watcher information session and training on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9-11am the SLA Resource Center (534 US Route 3, Holderness). Rebecca Hanson, the SLA's Director of Conservation, will explain the dangers of exotic species in New Hampshire waters and guide participants through invasive and native species identification. A field trip will follow the classroom portion of the training. Potential Weed Watchers and others interested in invasive species management are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, contact the SLA; (603-968-7336; firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website at www.squamlakes.org.