Volunteer

Help Identify Invasive Aquatic plants

Learn More about COLA's Invasive Species Project

Use the "Lake Observation" Invasive Plants Form

Curly leaf pondweed

Curly leaf pondweed

Eurasian watermilfoil

Eurasian watermilfoil

We need volunteers to help identify and report any unwelcome invasive plants. All property owners are encouraged to join in this monitoring effort.

COLA received a DNR grant that is used to address the curly leaf pondweed in the lakes. However, the real protection of our investment and the beauty of these lakes isn’t from this grant alone, but from the efforts of the property owners now and in the future.

The task is easy and involves a brief one hour training session conducted by representatives of the Sawyer County Land and Water Conservation Department and the Lac Courte Oreilles Conservation Department.

The training session will introduce volunteers to the characteristics of invasive plant species, and will be followed by a brief training period on the lake itself, if weather permits.

Then, from June through September the volunteers will make a once-a-month visual inspection of their appointed section of the lake looking for questionable plants growing at a 5—12 foot depth. Since most of us are on the lake frequently the task can be done at any time during each month. It’s always fun to get the boat out on the lake, but if you don’t have a boat you can still inspect the shoreline from your dock.

If an objectionable plant is identified, the volunteer will mark the location of the plant by a GPS unit or other method, place the plant in a Ziploc bag and deliver it to the Sawyer County AIS coordinator in the Sawyer County Courthouse.

Other than filling out a simple post-inspection sheet each month and sending it to the Shoreline Coordinator, that’s all there is to it.

These simple and easy steps are essential to protect the LCO Lakes, their beauty and our property values.

If you’re able to help with this important effort please contact us by e-mail or phone:

CONTACT: COLA Shoreline Buffers Coordinator