Become a VIP: Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop
Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP), a volunteer monitoring program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, provides a critical line of defense against invasive species that threaten our lakes and ponds. Volunteers are trained to identify and distinguish between native and invasive aquatic plants and animals, and to conduct surveys for aquatic invaders like Eurasian watermilfoil, water chestnut, and zebra mussels. A workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 2, 9 to 2, at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vt.. Those who complete the workshop can sign up to be a VIP, if desired. The workshop is free, and will include both time in the classroom and on the water; canoe or kayak is required.
With Vermont’s more than 800 lakes and ponds, VIPs play fundamental roles in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Only if we know where invasive species are can we take the necessary steps to manage them or prevent their spread to other water-bodies.
For more information or to register, visit watershedmanagement.vt.gov/lakes/htm/ans/lp_VIP.htm or contact Bethany Sargent at 802-490-6129 or [email protected] Space is limited. The deadline to register is Monday, July 29.