Setting AIS Plan Priorities 2017
#1. Prevent new AIS infestations, especially starry stonewort and hybrid watermilfoil.
- Inspections at Public and Private Accesses. Expand significantly our inspection and education activities at all launch sites, both public accesses and private resort, campground and marina accesses.
- Boat Decontamination. Partner with private businesses to offer boat decontamination at centralized locations. Develop the communications and publicity support to bring boaters to these centralized decon stations on their way to and from Lake Vermilion. In future years, develop low-cost solutions for cleaning and draining boats and equipment at remote resorts, marinas and campgrounds.
- Habitat Evaluation and Risk Assessment. To prioritize and focus resources, continue to refine our understanding of Lake Vermilion’s risk level for all new and existing threats.
- Public Awareness and Education. Expand our public awareness and education activities, especially among boaters intending to launch watercraft at Lake Vermilion.
- Regional and Statewide Partnership Development and Sharing. Expand significantly our partner recruitment, education and sharing among COLAs, lake associations and local Lake Vermilion stakeholders, including local government units, tribal governments, businesses and civic organizations.
#2. Detect any new infestations early, when AIS control options are most effective.
- Monitor Existing Invasive Vegetation. Biennially evaluate known infestations of curly-leaf pondweed. Monitor native vegetation known to frequently co-exist with serious invasives, especially those stands near invasive entry points.
- Early Detection at High-Risk Accesses. Expand significantly “sentry” early detection at public accesses and private resort, campground, and marina accesses. Develop a sentry mentoring program using MAISRC Detectors as coaches and identification experts.