Invasive Aquatic Plant Hand Removal Workshop
9: 30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kemp Natural Resource Station,
9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, WI.
Are you a scuba diver or snorkeler working with a lake group to hand-pull the invasive aquatic plants Eurasian watermilfoil or Curley-leaf pondweed? If so, you will not want to miss the upcoming hands-on Invasive Aquatic Plant Hand Removal Workshop!
This FREE workshop will teach you how to identify invasive and native aquatic plants, provide valuable invasive plant removal strategies and technical guidance to prevent the inadvertent spread of invasive plants, and apply those skills to your lake project. The workshop includes both classroom and on-the-water experience and demonstrations. Topics include:
- Invasive aquatic plant management goals, activities
- Aquatic plant identification and ecology
- Roles of snorkelers, scuba divers, diver-assisted suction harvesting (DASH) units
- Quality controlled removal techniques, strategies, containment, factors effecting harvesting efficiency and control, equipment, disposal, and decontamination
- Preventing inadvertent removal of non-targeted native plants
- Recording daily activities to guide ongoing control efforts
- Share your experience, tools, tips, and tricks of the trade
- On-the-water activities includes an in-depth look at hand pulling activities on Lake Tomahawk, DASH demo, and supervised EWM hand pulling (wading/snorkeling)
Participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be included on the University of Wisconsin Extension-Lakes and Oneida and Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Departments list of participants who completed the 2019 Invasive Aquatic Plant Hand Removal Workshop.
Instructors: Paul Skawinski, Statewide Citizen Lakes Monitoring Network Instructor, University of Wisconsin Extension-Lakes, Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator, Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department, and Cathy Higley, Lake Conservation Specialists, Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department.
Bring a warm layer, change of clothes, water shoes, snorkeling gear, sun protection (glasses, hat and sunscreen), brown bag lunch, snacks, and water. Held rain or shine.
Hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department, Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department, and the University of Wisconsin Extension-Lakes.
For questions, please contact Stephanie Boismenue at 715-369-7835 or Cathy Higley at 715-479-3738.