(C) Moultonborough seeking Volunteer Weed Watchers to help Control Variable Milfoil infestation (263)
Published DateMOULTONBOROUGH — The town of Moultonborough is seeking volunteer "Weed Watchers" to help control the Variable Milfoil infestation and will hold a training session on June 2 at 9 a.m. at the Moultonborough Library Community Room.
Participants will be instructed on how to conduct a weed survey, what to look for, and who to contact if there is a problem.
Volunteers will also receive a binder full of information on the program and details on the most threatening invasives. Included in the binder is a plant identification key for common plants on local waterbodies. There is no cost to the volunteer. The only equipment a volunteer will need is a boat, a partner or two, and a nice bright summer day. Weed watching usually takes place once a month from late May through August. Participants survey a selected area and report findings via phone or email to the weed watcher manager.
Variable Milfoil has been introduced to many New Hampshire lakes, including Winnipesaukee. It is an exotic plant from Asia that is now established in many coves in Moultonborough. Milfoil grows and spreads rapidly, crowding out beneficial native plants and degrading fish habitat. Milfoil reproduces by reseeding or when plant fragments are torn from the parent plant through wind and boat propeller action. They can drift, settle and grow roots in a new location.
Variable milfoil, fanwort, water chestnut, purple loosestrife and common reed are blanketing waterbodies throughout the state. Infestations of these plants lead to diminished wildlife habitat, decreased recreational potential, and lowered property values.