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 101 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.
Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are offered free of charge to participants, and made possible through the generous support of the Maine 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 101 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.
A 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!