We are active participants in the Lake Host program, which is administered by the New Hampshire Lakes Association. The goal of the program is to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic nuisance species, both plant and animal, from waterbody to waterbody. These invasive species can have a devastating effect on the ecological health of a lake, and can drastically reduce the quality of the experience of lake users. Once established, these invasive species are both difficult and expensive to control. Total eradication of an infestation may be impossible to achieve. Fortunately, there is good news: to date, all lake associations in New Hampshire that have become involved in the Lake Host program have been successful in keeping invasive plants out of their respective lakes. The success of the program depends on volunteers who:
receive Lake Host training
staff the boat launch to educate boaters about invasive species,
conduct brief boater surveys and inspections to remove all "hitchhiking" species,
and send all suspicious plant fragments to NHDES for testing.
Funding for the Lake Host Program at Tarleton comes from the Lake Tarleton Association, the town of Piermont, as well as the NH Lakes Association's Lake Host Payroll Grant Program. The Payroll Grant Program which providesgrant funding to cover the salaries of individuals hired as NH LAKES employees to work as Lake Hosts at these local ramps open to the public. Local groups are required to match their payroll award by a minimum of 100% by providing volunteer time and/or by contributing funding to extend paid Lake Host coverage at their ramp. Through volunteer hours and paid Lake Host hours, our goal is to staff the boat ramp seven days a week at peak hours. If you are interested in becoming a Lake Host, please contact Rob Wipfler at 795-2235.
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