Volunteers sought to help fight invasive weed that threatens Milton Three Ponds

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European Naiad (Courtesy image)

Last fall an infestation of European Naiad, a fast growing invasive aquatic plant, was found in Milton Three Ponds.

This summer, contractors hired by ME-DEP and NH-DES will work to eradicate the European Naiad

Both States will fund this work - but only in 2016, the first year following its discovery.

The Three Ponds Protective Association is currently seeking volunteers to conduct shoreline surveys on all three ponds, a crucial component of the E-Naiad Control Program.

Voluntary Invasive Plant Surveyors, or VIPS, will survey Three Ponds shorelines from small boats to confirm where the Naiad is growing, its growth rate, and the effectiveness of the eradication efforts.

Many VIPS teams are needed so that no team has to spend more than two hours surveying each month from June to September.

Also needed are volunteers to serve as assistant coordinators, two on each pond, to do such things as help schedule surveys, collect recorded results, and provide these to folks directing the contractors, and to those who will analyze and map the data.

The VIPS Program will replace the TPPA Weed Monitoring Program. It is hoped TPPA Weed Monitors will transition to VIPS.

To volunteer, please contact Rich Egan via email or by phone 603-490-7636.

Potential volunteers are asked to provide: Name, Email address if any, and Phone No. Also specify if you are willing to be a Surveyor, an Assistant Coordinator, or both.

Prompt replies are urged as time is short until monitoring is to begin.

Anyone who doesn't have two hours a month to help but still wants to be part of the effort is also urged to call.

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