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Lakes Association receives award for program combatting invasive species

The New Hampshire Lakes Association received a 2015 Outstanding Invasive Species Volunteer Award at the National Invasive Species Achievement Awards Ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The association accepted the award for the management of its Lake Host Program — a courtesy boat inspection program to help boaters prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species — which has leveraged tremendous volunteer participation since its inception in 2002.

During 2014, 500 individuals volunteered as Lake Hosts, logging a total of 11,093 hours teaching boaters at boat ramps throughout New Hampshire how to clean, drain, and dry their boats and trailers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Invasive plants like milfoil and animals like the Asian clam alter the natural ecology of waterbodies, degrade boating, swimming, and fishing areas, and are expensive to manage and nearly impossible to get rid of once they become well-established in a waterbody. Since 2002, Lake Hosts have conducted more than 664,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,467 "saves" of aquatic invasive species that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Receiving the award on behalf of NH LAKES at the ceremony held at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. were Tom O'Brien (NH LAKES President), John Edie (NH LAKES Board Member), and Annie Isacco (NH LAKES Lake Host Volunteer at Warren Lake in Alstead).

"The competition for these awards was intense and it was humbling to be among such accomplished leaders in the fight against invasive species. The award recipients hailed from Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., and New Hampshire," commented Tom O'Brien. "The most important thing about our award is that it recognizes our volunteers who give their time to help others protect our lakes. It was a humbling but gratifying experience to represent the NH LAKES Lake Host Program in Washington, D.C., during National Invasive Species Awareness Week."

The purpose of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, being held Feb. 22-28 this year, is to educate people about steps they can take to prevent the spread of non-native species that can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. In addition to the awards ceremony in Washington D.C., events are being hosted by organizations across the country to raise awareness about the spread of invasive non-native terrestrial and aquatic plants, animals and microorganisms. Invasive species are found in every habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards, and gardens. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:07

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Belmont candidates’ night scheduled for next Wed.

BELMONT — Belmont High School is sponsoring its annual Candidates Night on Wednesday, March 4 at the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m.

All candidates for town office and Shaker Regional School District positions have been invited to attend and state their positions on key issues and answer questions from any citizen or newspaper representative that is in the audience. The event is organized by the Belmont High School student council.

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Conservation Commission to hold program on combatting problems posed by with runoff

 

LACONIA — The Laconia Conservation Commission will hold a free program titled Soak Up The Rain – NH on March 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Laconia Middle School.

Members of the commission will discuss various do-it-yourself landscaping methods that help prevent rain water and snow melt, also known as storm water runoff, from contributing to flooding and soil erosion within Laconia's many streams and brooks. You don't have to live near a stream, brook, pond or lake to have a great impact on the health of the water we all share.

Also, part of the program will be an introduction to the user-friendly on-line tool "What's Your P?" ("P" refers to the nutrient phosphorus) that helps landowners calculate how much soil, and the nutrients it contains, they can prevent from washing away by installing the landscaping methods to be discussed. This on-line tool is being promoted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) as a Lakes Region specific version of the NH Residential Loading Model first unveiled by the NH Dept. of Environmental Services and later adapted by LWA through a public/private partnership.

In addition, program attendees will have an opportunity to view the on-line tool titled Web Soil Survey, a tool that identifies for landowners the soil types existing on their property along with management suggestions, and can prepare a printable report.

There is no deadline to register but an RSVP is suggested by contacting commission member Lisa Morin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at telephone number 603-527-5880.

Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:49

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World War II trunk show comes to Taylor Community

 

LACONIA — Dan Schroeder, a volunteer at Wolfeboro's Wright Museum, discusses the history behind the contents of the World War II Traveling Trunk Show Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Since 2009, the traveling trunk program has brought noteworthy World War II memorabilia from both home and war fronts to schools and civic organizations through New Hampshire and beyond. The program is free and open to the public. Call 524-5600 to reserve a seat.

For more information, visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 366-1400.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:42

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