IPP Jump-Start

The VLMP works to promote and support citizen-based early detection efforts in areas of the state where such activities are currently lacking through a unique program called Invasive Plant Patrol Jump-Start. The objectives of IPP Jump-Start are to:

1) Organize a survey team (comprised primarily of seasoned volunteer Invasive Plant Patrollers, supported by VLMP staff) to conduct a comprehensive invasive aquatic plant screening survey and native plant inventory on the target waterbody; and
2) To help “jump-start” a locally sustainable citizen-based monitoring program in the region through outreach, training, and more spontaneous forms of interaction between team members and the host community.

IPP Jump-Start was piloted on one of the most highly-valued and more vulnerable lakes in Maine (also the state’s largest lake): Moosehead.

Click here for the list of Moosehead Lake Survey Project Contributors.

The Hunt For Aquatic Invaders – The Moosehead Jump-Start story was captured by videographer Steve Underwood in extraordinary high-definition footage.

DVDs of the Hunt are available for $10 plus shipping and handling. Contact the VLMP to order yours today! 207-783-7733 or christine@mainevlmp.org.

Please click here for the most recent update on the Moosehead Lake IPP Survey.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. The VLMP trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, VLMP volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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The VLMP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 40 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources — our lakes.