July 29, 2021 – Invasive Plant Paddle session presented by the Lake Stewards of Maine

Attendees learned how to determine if a plant they find is one of the eleven Maine invasives. They also learned how to tell the invasive Naiad from the two other Naiads we have in our lake.

 

July 8, 2021 – Lake Arrowhead Kayakers and Canoeists– Please get involved in this important project. 

The Plant Paddle on July 29 has been announced by LSM!

Free Invasive Aquatic Plant Paddle session for Lake Arrowhead

The Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) will be presenting a Plant Paddle on Lake Arrowhead in July. Plant Paddles provide a fun, informal way to learn about the threat of invasive aquatic plants and the importance of early detection. All attendees will receive (and learn how to use) LSM’s waterproof, tear-resistant “Quick Key” to quickly determine whether or not any plant found growing in the lake is suspicious. We will collect samples of native aquatic plants, observe samples of the invasive plants that are known to occur in the lake, and practice skills needed for local invasive aquatic plant survey efforts.

Pre-registration is required

Thursday, July 29, from Noon – 3:00 PM

INVASIVE PLANT PADDLE – Lake Arrowhead 

(Address and directions will be provided once you have registered)

A light lunch (hamburgers) will be provided. People who have dietary restrictions or preferences should pack their own lunch.

If you are interested in learning how to identify our new invasive species Najas minor, please register here to attend.

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Link to register is https://forms.gle/JJg4z6Skg7UGj7vz9

 

June 29, 2021 – the first fragment of this year’s growth of the invasive naiad was found in the vicinity of the dam section of Lake Arrowhead.

 

 

We need your help in locating the areas it’s growing in. Please keep an eye out, and report sightings or look-alikes to debbie@mixmox.com or 207 619 1301. There are plant collection containers at each clubhouse where you can leave a sample that may resemble this plant – let Debbie know when she should collect a plant.

 

June 25, 2021 – update posted on front page.

From President Mike Fitzpatrick

Hi LACC Members:

Just wanted to give you an update as we wrap up our first week of full operations in both the DASH and CBI programs.  CBI inspections started on Monday at the Ledgemere DAM boat ramp.  Inspections will be manned 7 days a week at that location at least through the Labor Day Weekend.  We also will have an inspector at the Bay Cove LAC Members Only Boat ramp on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

The DASH program did get a jump on our normal season start.  We were fortunate to have enough DASH crew available to run one boat since the middle of May where we concentrated on member beaches, boat ramps and some Pay for Play programs.  We started this past Monday with both DASH Harvesters out and have been filling the baskets and barrels daily.  I’ve included pictures for our website.  But the big news is LACC has hired its first female boat captain this year!  We’d like to welcome Captain Charlotte Sanfason to our team.  Charlotte has grown up on our lake and has a love for the lake like all of us do.  Some of the pictures show the diver prepping to enter and the full face mask that is utilized with communication equipment.  There is one picture with Capt Charlotte and the second diver with the head gear on. She keeps in constant communication with the diver on the bottom at all times.  It’s not easy work as you see the Captain transferring the milfoil into the large cage basket and barrel from the receiving basket.  The divers split the day between active harvesting below and the communication/safety role on the topside.

 

Finishing this up now so I can run off to meet with John McPhedran, the head of the Maine DEP Invasive Aquatic Division. We are going to review the current growth level and discuss future plans.

 

Have a great weekend.. Hope to see you on the lake….

 

Mike Fitzpatrick

LACC-President

 

Variable Leaf Milfoil 

From member Deb Broderick (June 2021)

The stalks you currently see growing at the water surface above the patches of milfoil are the flower bracts that are used for sexual reproduction.

(topmost green section in photo)
Pictures taken by member Deb Broderick (early spring 2021)

These pics show clear root growth on fragments found right after ice-out this year. It’s always worth removing detached floating fragments from your waterfront. “On the second day of ice-out this year (2021), I found a few floating fragments of Variable Milfoil in my cove.  I fished them out with a long net and could see new roots on the weathered stems, so they were still viable, right after the winter. It’s better to monitor the shoreline and pick them out now before they root and take hold.”