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Invasive Plant Patrol

The Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) program promotes prevention, early detection and rapid response at the local level by providing training, educational materials, resources and technical support to groups and individuals across the State of Maine. To date thousands of individuals (volunteers, state agency personnel, professionals, teachers, students and others) have participated in IPP workshops. IPP Introductory Workshops teach participants how to recognize the invasive aquatic plants on Maine’s “eleven most unwanted” list, and to distinguish these invaders from their native Maine look-alikes. A variety of advanced training opportunities are also offered which cover advanced native plant identification, manual control methods for dealing with infestations, and other helpful and informative workshops. To learn more about the many different IPP workshops, visit our Training & Certification page.

IPPWorkshopInvasive Plant Patrol workshops are offered free of charge to participants, and made possible through the generous support of Maine Department of Department of Environmental Protection the Maine Lake and River Protection Sticker program, foundation grants, businesses, lake and watershed groups, and individuals. Though anyone interested in learning about aquatic invaders is welcome to participate the workshops, we encourage those who wish to become active members of Maine’s early detection team to make a formal commitment to the statewide endeavor by becoming a Certified IPP Volunteer. The goal of the IPP Certification Program is to encourage and support individual and group commitment to annual collection and submission of invasive aquatic plant screening survey data. To become a Certified Plant Patroller you must have participated in at least one IPP Introductory Workshop (or equivalent training), complete the application and sign a statement of commitment. The VLMP provides all certified patrollers with standardized field sheets, an ID card and a bucket scope.

List of lakes with Certified Invasive Plant Patrol Monitors

What You Should Know About Maine’s Invasive Plant Patrol

What You Should Know About IPP - PresentationA presentation by VLMP’s Roberta Hill for use by Maine’s lake and watershed associations to spread awareness of invasive aquatic plants and volunteer opportunities to join in the effort to protect our lakes and ponds.

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The Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are made possible by boater participation in the Maine Lake and River Protection Sticker program.

Thank you for helping to keep Maine lakes free of invasive aquatic plants!

 

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.