Have you ever noticed the people in the bright neon-yellow shirts that always ask to check your boat before you back it into the water? Well, as it turns out, they're doing a very important job.

As an avid boater, I have come to learn that the neon-yellow shirt wearing people are working to help prevent invasive plant species from spreading across Maine's beautiful bodies of water.

We're fortunate here in the Pine Tree State to have a vast array of thousands of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers to recreate in with our watercraft. However, keeping all these bodies of water clean is no easy task.

It takes a team of people, as well as the watchful eye of boat owners, to make sure invasive plant species aren't coming out of one body of water and being introduced to another.

But it's not just our waterways that are host to these eco-system-hurting invasive plants. No, these invasive plants can inhabit the land we hike, ride, work and live on as well. That's why an upcoming workshop will be so beneficial to Maine residents who want to lend a hand in preserving our state's ecology.

According to an article published by the Kennebec Journal, there's an upcoming invasive plant identification workshop that's coming up at Moulton's Mill Preserve in Unity.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, May 19th from 1-4pm the Kennebec Journal reported in its article.

The Kennebec Journal went on to explain about the May workshop in part that,

The workshop, led by consulting forester Hunter Manley of Legacy Woodlot Services, will to include a mix of presentation and hands-on experience. Manley will review the identification of species present at the Moulton’s Mill Preserve along with a few he will bring along from nearby properties.


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