July 2014: Rich Dahlgren hired as Milfoil Coordinator. Please contact Rich with milfoil sightings or questions about the program. email@example.com or 247-3262
March 26, 2014: Visit Milfoil Updates page for Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association Milfoil Control Annual Report 2013
What is Eurasian Watermilfoil and how can it be identified? The following links contain information that is useful in identifying Eurasian Watermilfoil and discusses various methods of controlling its spread.
From the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation:
A link that provides a description of Eurasian Watermilfoil and discusses possible methods of control.
From the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission:
A link that provides both a description and color video which can be useful to the beginner in making an accurate identification of Eurasian Watermilfoil. To view the video please follow the link below or copy and paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fynq3x6QcRc
Please take the time to check out these links. By staying informed and proactive we can make a difference.
Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association
P.O. Box 14, Salisbury, Vermont 05769
January 12, 2012
The following information was recently shared with the Leicester and Salisbury Town Selectboards. It is posted here to inform Association Members and Town Residents of the 2012 Milfoil Program budget proposal.
Subject: Budgetary Support of 2012 Milfoil Control Program
Invasive species control is by far the largest program operated by the Association. Over 85 percent of the Association’s budget and nearly all the volunteer efforts are directed at Eurasian Milfoil control. The uncontrolled spread of milfoil can significantly impact the use of the lakes by restricting boating, fishing and swimming. The shallow areas of Lake Dunmore (over half of the shore line) and all of Fern Lake are particularly at risk. In 2011 the Association invested in its own suction harvester equipment and employed a team of 5+ full time equivalent divers from late May to mid September to pull the milfoil. The full time use of the suction harvester doubled the amount pulled from the previous year. Since 2009, the amount of milfoil removed has increased 10 fold. The problem is not yet contained and an additional suction harvester and more divers are planned for 2012.
For 2012, the Association requests support from both Leicester and Salisbury for the milfoil control program in the amount of $16,125. While this is a material increase over last year, your support is an essential element to fund the program to meet the growing challenge. For background and supporting information for this request please see Attachment A. It is important to remember the key benefits to the Towns of Leicester and Salisbury are:
- The preservation of a wonderful, natural recreation area available to the public.
- The preservation of property values around the lakes which are an important and substantial portion of the Town’s Grand List.
The Association greatly appreciates your past support and looks forward to continuing the milfoil control program in the future.
James A. Michael, Treasurer