We are researching if invasive species of milfoil occurs in lakes with public access more frequently than in lakes with no public access,
Here are the links for my data:
No milfoil, Eurasian or Variable, was found on Three Mile Pond. There is one public boat access on the northwest section. Since the pond is small, there is very little boat traffic, and it is especially limiting for large boats. Most boating is from the people who reside on the pond. Also, many boaters inspect their boats going into and coming out of the water.
The links to my data for Long Pond milfoil investigation are:
Below are addresses for my two observations and reports on milfoil in a pond with no public access for boats. I did not find any invasive milfoil at my site, (neither Eurasian nor Variable). I spoke with several property owners who said the pond is tested on a regular basis for invasive milfoil and none has been found to date.
I used the weed weasel and would recommend dry land practice with this prior to field investigation. I found it took many more than two trials to get the technique down (although my attempts did provide much comic relief for my friends who were letting me do my field work in front of their home!)
I have completed collecting my data for taylor pond. Am almost done submitting data - however I forgot to take a picture of my sampling technique (the infamous weed weasel) - will do that tomorrow so I can finish this up. Had lots of fun practicing my new field skills and using the tools today!
Three Mile Pond will be my site, which has one public boat landing and moderate usage. I'll be using the weed weasel - exciting!
The lake I investigated for milfoil was Long Pond in the Belgrade Lakes chain. I found neither variable leaf nor Eurasian milfoil at my site on the southwest side of the lake. This lake does have several public boat ramps as well as lakeside camps that rent boats. These are located near the north end of the lake. It would be interesting to keep looking around all areas of the lake, particularly near the public access points.