Lovell Invasive Plant Prevention Committee (LIPPC)


Plant Paddle Heading Out on Heald Pond

Plant Paddle Heading Out on Heald Pond

 

Lovell Invasive Plant Prevention committee meets at 7:00 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month, in the Stephen and Tabitha King Meeting Room, lower level of the Charlotte Hobbs Library.

BY-LAWS: For a copy of the By-Laws, go here: LIPPC By-Laws

2013 INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANT SCREENING SURVEY

LIPPC Members 2013

  • Diane Caracciolo, Chair (Center Lovell, Middle Bay-W)
  • Tim Cyr (West Lovell, Farrington’s Pond), Sue Hamlin (West Lovell, Middle Bay-W), Anna Romer (Lovell), (Secretaries)
  • Bob Drew (Lovell Selectman)
  • Jay Hunter (West Stoneham Rd) (Volunteer Committee)
  • Wes Huntress (Middle Bay-W) (Chair, Stewards Program)
  • Lucy LaCasse (Hut Rd) (Chair, Education Committee)
  • Dave Mills (West Lovell, Middle Bay-W), (Treasurer)
  • Ed Poliquin (Timber Bay Shores) [Chair, Volunteer Coordinator; Fundraising Committee]
  • Marty Prox (CBI Coordinator)
  • Gene Spender, (West Lovell, Northeast Cove)
  • Ron Walsh (Horseshoe Pond)
  • Ann Williams (Center Lovell, Middle Bay-W) (Chair, Communications/Liaison)
  • Bruce Zabinsky (Timber Bay Shores) (Grants)

 

Friends of LIPPC:

  • Doug Faille (Cushman Pond)
  • Andy Feld (Upper Bay)
  • Larry Hall (Lovell, Quisisana)
  • Peter & Joyce Koop (Middle Bay)
  • Kitty & Harry Mohla (Lower Bay)
  • Jim & Lucia Owen (Keewaydin; GLLT)
  • Tripp Turner (Lovell)

 

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What Are ‘Invasive Aquatic Plants’? Why Should I Care?

• Invasive aquatic plants, which hitchhike from an infested lake or pond on boats and motors, fishing gear, and wildlife, disrupt the ecology of the lake significantly.

• Once introduced, these invasive plants are practically impossible to eradicate, especially if they have gone undetected for a year or two.

• These invasive aquatic plants spread quickly, doubling or tripling the area of infestation each year.

• Once a body of water is infected, the most common way to manage these invasive plants is by manual harvesting, the laying of benthic barriers, or with herbicides. Treatment can be very expensive and must be ongoing.

• Eleven invasive species threaten Maine waters.

• Thirty-five bodies of water in Maine are already infested with one or more species of invasive aquatic plants. Several of these lakes are within 30 miles or less of the Kezar Lake watershed.

• Once established, invasive aquatic plants form dense mats, making boating and swimming very difficult if not impossible.

• There has been at least one death attributed to drowning by entrapment in Eurasian milfoil.

• Established colonies crowd out native species.

• Real estate values for waterfront properties decline when aquatic invasive plants become established. This has ramifications not only for the property owner, but the tax base of the entire town: as the value of waterfront property erodes, taxes of off-lake properties will increase. Local businesses will be negatively impacted.

What Can I Do to Help?

Volunteer as a Courtesy Boat Inspector:

o The Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) program needs volunteers at public landings on Kezar Lake.
o The goal is to have every boat entering and exiting the lake visually inspected by a CBI volunteer, who will also take a brief history of where the boat has recently been, and talk with each operator about the importance of keeping his/her boat clean and free of all weeds.
o Visual inspection has been found to be the most effective tool in preventing the introduction of invasive aquatic plants into a body of water.
o A CBI inspector made a ‘save’ at the Narrows boat launch when he stopped a boat because of weedy debris; the weeds were determined by Maine DEP to be Eurasion Milfoil, one of the ‘worst’.

Educate Yourself:

o Attend an Eyes on the Water ‘outing’, to be held several times throughout the summer.
o Explore the shallower water near the shore by kayak, canoe or motorized watercraft, and learn to identify our native aquatic plants. Our libraries have bucket scopes for loan, and handbooks for help with identification of plants.

Become a Steward:

 Stewards keep watch along the shorelines of the water bodies in the Kezar Lake Watershed, conducting patrols along a section of shoreline for early detection of any harmful invasive aquatic plants. Stewards also help to acquaint residents along their assigned shorelines with the dangers
of invasive aquatic plants and maintain communications through the LIPPC Stewards Program Committee for rapid response to any potential detection.
o Interested? Contact Wes Huntress: Summer Phone 925-7225, or email [email protected]

• SPREAD THE WORD!! Get involved!! Tell your friends and neighbors!!

*To volunteer as a Courtesy Boat Inspector, please contact:
Ed Poliquin: (603) 356-6168, or (Chair, Volunteer Committee)
Diane Caracciolo: 205-925-1193 (Volunteer Committee)
Marty Prox: (207) 452-2663 (CBI Coordinator)
OR
Sign Up at the Town Office’s Volunteer Sheet
OR
Contribute to help defray the cost of paid staff at the Courtesy Boat Inspection Station.
Help us in our efforts to keep our watershed free of these invasive aquatic plants!
THANK YOU!!!

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Committees:

  • Courtesy Boat Inspection: Marty Prox (Chair), Gene Spender
  • Communications & Liaison: Ann Williams
  • Cushman Pond Invasive Aquatic Plant Eradication: Bob Drew
  • Education & Awareness: Lucy LaCasse (Chair), Sue Hamlin, Anna Romer, Ann Williams, Moira Yip
  • Grants: Bruce Zabinsky (Chair), Gene Spender
  • Local Rapid Response: Diane Caracciolo (Chair)
  • Nominating Committee: Anna Romer (Chair)
  • Stewardship Program: Wes Huntress (Chair)
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Eddie Poliquin (Chair)
  • Watershed Surveys: Gene Spender (Chair)

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Stewardship Committee Report- 2013

 

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