Lake County Hosts AIS Informational Session

By Beacon Staff

Lake County is sponsoring an aquatic invasive plant identification training on July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boettcher Park Pavalion in Polson. The Lake County training session is being funded with a grant from DNRC.

Erik Hanson, from Hanson Environmental, will lead the training session, which will focus on identifying the most commonly found invasive plant species in the region, and learning to tell the difference between invasive aquatic plants and the similar, but benign, native aquatic plant species.

This training session will be useful for those working in the field, as well as volunteers and other stakeholders interested in protecting our waters.

“One of the most critical factors in determining whether aquatic invasive plants can be controlled, and even eradicated, is early detection,” Caryn Miske of the Flathead Basin Commission said in a statement. “Knowing your aquatic plant species can enhance our efforts in the basin to proect our waters from AIS.”

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