Brainerd Lakes Area Aquatic Invasive Species Seminar for Lake Service Professionals

Brainerd Lakes Area Aquatic Invasive Species Seminar for Lake Service Professionals

BRAINERD, MN, (May 25, 2010) – Brainerd area lake associations would like to invite lake service professionals to attend one of the upcoming Aquatic Invasive Species Seminars for Lake Service Professionals on Tuesday, June 8 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm or also from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Pelican Lake Conservation Club and Community Center.  While Crow Wing County had no new lake Zebra Mussel infestation in 2009, Crow Wing County has more lakes infested with the Zebra mussel than any other county in Minnesota. These Zebra mussel populations have grown rapidly over the past year and the threat of spreading Zebra mussels to additional Brainerd area lakes is increasing as these populations grow. We need the support of all lake professionals to help in the fight against the spread of these invasive species.

Seminar sponsors encourage all boat, watercraft and dock dealers or installers as well as fishing guides and other lake service professionals to attend and participate in an informative presentation on what you can do to monitor the lakes and prevent the spread of all aquatic invasive species. Those who participated in previous year’s seminars should plan to attend again in order to learn up to date information on the increasing zebra mussel populations as well as new strategies to remove them and prevent the spread. Mn DNR Invasive Species Biologist, Dan Swanson, and Conservation Officer, Jim Tischler, will present an overview of regulations that apply to moving boats, docks, lifts and equipment; recommended procedures for cleaning dock/lift installation tools, watercraft and waders; getting the weeds removed from boat and pontoon trailers; actions needed for moving a lift or dock to a different lake; reporting new sightings; and a summary of the infested lakes and rivers in the Brainerd Area.

These Seminars were developed in response to the ever-increasing presence of aquatic invasive species in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Clyde Clement, Brainerd Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force member, explained, “We now live in one of the few regions in the state infested by the Zebra mussel, curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil! The known Zebra mussel populations are growing exponentially. While many of the infested lakes have been identified, new infestations are discovered every year. And a key step to preventing the spread includes careful monitoring and reporting of infested waters, taking simple steps to prevent the spread, as well as collaboration among all lake service professionals, lake associations and lake users.” Seminar participants will have a chance to discuss the recommended actions to prevent the spread, how to report new sightings, as well as an opportunity to discuss this issue with their colleagues, lake association partners and other seminar sponsors. The list of Seminar attendees will be published and promoted in lake association newsletters.

The Seminar is a collaborative effort between the Brainerd Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, Crow Wing Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Gull Chain of Lakes Association, Kimball Lake Property Owners Association, MnDNR Watercraft Inspection Program, Minnesota Waters, Ossawinnamakee Property Owners Association, Pelican Lakes Area Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, Pelican Lake Property Owners Association, and the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association.

You can register at the door for the Brainerd Lakes Area Aquatic Invasive Species Seminar for Lake Service Professionals. Directions to the Seminar: The Pelican Lake Conservation Club and Community is just 1 mile south of the Breezy Point gate on county road #4.on the west side county road #4. The Brainerd Lakes Area Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, Seminar sponsors and partnering lake associations look forward to working with our lake country lake service professionals for the prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

 

Event Date:

June 8, 2010

Event Time:

Various times