“Plants do not speak but their silence is alive with change.” ~ May Sarton
Aquatic Plant Field Guide
Download the printable 2019 MLPA Aquatic Lake Field Guide PDF by clicking the download button now.
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Invasive plants can displace native species, reduce the aesthetic quality of our lake, stunt fish growth, become tangled in propellers, and require substantial funding for managing. Often introduced by transient boat traffic, they can grow inches per day. Education, vigilance, and early detection are important for keeping these invasives in check. Residents should also become familiar with our native, beneficial aquatic plants which are described and displayed in the revised 2019 “Field Guide to Aquatic Plants of Mirror Lake” available as a download on the MLPA website or as hard copy from the organization, as it takes commitment from all to safeguard a lake. Aquatic plant photos specific to Mirror Lake can also be viewed on the Mirror Lake Facebook page
Education, vigilance and early detection are provided for Mirror Lake residents by a dedicated crew of volunteers. The Mirror Lake Weed Watchers team generally changes a bit from year to year, but also has a core group of trained volunteers who are dedicated to monitoring Mirror Lake for the presence of invasive aquatic plants. Volunteers receive a “Weed Watching Kit” and local training. The shoreline has been divided into sections and volunteers spend a small
amount of time monitoring an assigned area once a month from May through September, generally using kayaks, canoes or small boats. Volunteers are always welcomed to back up current Weed Watcher members or to take over a small section of the shoreline.
We are committed to educating new lake residents, and their family members, through use of the 2019 revised “Field Guide to Aquatic Plants of Mirror Lake.” If you know of any new residents, please provide their contact information to Norma Milne, Kathy Sciarappa or any MLPA board member.
Lastly, if you see something unusual in the water or on the shoreline, rather than taking a “sample” let a trained Weed Watcher remove the plant for testing and identification at the NH Department of Environmental Services, as the exotic/invasives can spread through cuttings.
Download the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Environmental Fact Sheet PDF by clicking the image above. Clicking the image will initiate an immediate download of the fact sheet PDF.
Weed Watcher Team Members
Claudia and Tom Bissett
Norma Milne, Chair
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