Three aquatic invasive species experts will provide an update on efforts to control the invaders at an upcoming meeting.
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hosting the meeting next week in Rhinelander. The invaders include plants and animals that are not native to the Northwoods yet get introduced and cause problems with the natural ecosystems.
Interim Director at the Trout Lake Research Station Susan Knight, Stephanie Boisemenue, AIS coordinator in Oneida county, and Tom Johansen of the Squash Lake District will give the presentation. League spokesperson Jane Trotter says the update includes information from Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Vilas, Forest and Florence counties.
Trotter says volunteers and lake associations have done great work in helping to stop the spread by boaters from lake-to-lake, but the public needs to stay vigilant and be informed...
"....it's important to be sure they're not taking any invisible passengers with them from one lake to the next because our lakes are one of our greatest resources. It drives our economy. We've all moved here for the quality of life and these lakes are a big piece of it. In order to protect our resources, it's been a huge volunteer effort....."
The meeting is open to the public and is scheduled for October 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Oneida Senior Center adjacent to Trig's in Rhinelander. More information is availablevia email at firstname.lastname@example.org