ORLAND — Lake Stewards of Maine-Hancock County is gearing up for an active season of surveying lakes and ponds at risk for invasive plants.
Training is available free on July 19 and 20 for those who want to learn more about Maine native plants and how to identify those lookalike invasives.
Pre-registration is required for the six-hour indoor Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) 101 workshop on July 19, the three-hour IPP Plant Paddle and the Courtesy Boat Inspection workshop on July 20.
All workshops will be held at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland. Training will be provided by staff from the Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, assisted by LSM-Hancock County experts.
Invasive Plant Patrol 101 begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19; the Plant Paddle begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Courtesy Boat Inspection training begins at 11, overlapping with the Plant Paddle workshop, and runs for two hours.
For more information or to register for one of the workshops, contact Lake Stewards of Maine at https://www.lakestewardsofmaine.org/invasive-plant-patrol-workshops/ or call 783-7733.