The WWN’s Weed Watcher Program draws on volunteers from around the lake who periodically patrol the shoreline/near-shore areas near them to look for any new, potentially invasive species of plants or animals. The purpose of the program is to identify the presence of any new invasives before they get to be a problem. In our first year of the program our weed-watchers identified several new areas of variable milfoil that were added to the comprehensive milfoil plan.
We hold a Weed Watcher training session every year with staff from the NHDES Exotic Species Program and provide training materials to all of our volunteers. If you’d like to participate in the weed watcher program, please click on the link above to volunteer.
To learn more about the NHDES Weed Watcher Program click here.
This year’s weed watcher program kicked off on June 1st with another training session held by NHDES for both new and expereinced weed watchers. With the addition of new weed watchers this Summer we now have coverage for the entire shoreline of Lake Winnisquam. All weed watchers began their surveys in June, and will continue monthly through August or September, depending on availability.
The 2018 weed watcher program was a huge success. WWN wants to thank all who participated in the program, and Bill Esrich for coordinating the program this past season. We started the season with a training session in early June, and 33 volunteers patroling 24 areas around the lake on a monthly basis. An additional 8 people volunteered mid-summer for the 2018-19 season. The entire lake shoreline was patroled at least once, and most areas were checked June through September.
There were five new areas of milfoil discovered by our weed watchers that were subsequently removed using diver-assisted harvesting :
We also want to thank Amy Smagula, ProgramCoordinator at NHDES, for the many weed identifications and the quick responses to all of our inquiries. The program was a tremendous success. Without it, the new areas of growth could have continued to spread unmanaged.
If you’d like to participate in the weed watcher program, please click on the link above to volunteer. There will be additional training in 2019 for new volunteers, and weed watcher identification packages are available to help identify invasive, as well as native species.