Finding European Naiad – An Ongoing Process
Invasive European Naiad was first discovered on Northeast Pond in August 2015 by Dennis Roberge, a VLMP Certified Invasive Plant Patroller. VLMP is the acronym for Maine’s Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program. Click here to view a comprehensive article about this discovery, written by VLMP Invasive Species Program Director, Roberta Hill.
In this article Roberta predicted that “trained volunteers will have an important role to play” in efforts to control the European Naiad on Milton Three Ponds. She was right. So far this summer we have held four training sessions for TPPA VIPS (Volunteer Invasive Plant Surveyors). One of these sessions was led by Roberta Hill, one by Amy Smagula from NH-DES, and two by Laurie Callahan from YCIASP (York County Invasive Aquatic Species Project) and Rich Egan our VIPS Program Coordinator.
Starting sometime in September we plan to have VIPS and others survey all shorelines around Milton Three Ponds to find where the invasive Naiad still exists, and document this on a map similar to that in Roberta Hill’s article. This map will provide a measure of the effectiveness of our eradication work this summer, and be the basis for planning next summer’s eradication program.
TPPA Annual Meeting/Picnic
Mi-Te-Jo Campground Pavilion
Sunday, August 14, 4 PM.
All members and volunteers are cordially invited to attend.
As usual there will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, and cold drinks.
Join us to learn about the status of TPPA activities, and for the election of officers.
MMRG 14th Annual Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival
Branch Hill Farm,
307 Applebee Rd, Milton Mills, NH
Saturday, August 13, 10 AM – 3 PM
This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities including hayrides to the river, rescued wild animals from Squam Lakes Science Center, fishing in the pond, a corn maze to explore, a petting zoo, demonstrations of traditional rural skills, a kids’ discovery walk in the woods, guided nature walks, and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please. Presented by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm. $5/adult or $10/family. FREE for kids 12 and under. Volunteers needed. For more info, see www.mmrg.info/festival. To volunteer, call 603-978-7125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
European Naiad Found on Three Ponds!
We need your help to eradicate this fast growing Invasive Aquatic Plant. Click Here to read more and to volunteer your help.
TPPA Directors Oppose C&D Landfill in Milton
The Board of Directors voted unanimously to send a letter to Milton Board of Selectmen voicing opposition to any activity that would lead to a C&D landfill in Milton or Milton Mills. Click Here for the letter.
TPPA Continues Grant Program
Grants of up to $250 may be awarded to property owners for remediation of erosion sites. Click Here for an Application.
Milton Considering Landfill Proposal
The town of Milton is considering a proposal from an outside company to allow a 54 acre landfill on Piggott Hill Road, on 229 acres of purchased land, which is not currently zoned for landfill use. TPPA has sent a letter of concern about this to Milton Selectmen. Click Here torthe letter.
Citizens Against Landfills in Milton
An unaffiliated group of Citizens Against Landfills in Milton (C.A.L.M) has published a website that, in part, invites others to join them in a petition to keep Milton clean. Click Here for this site.
Weed Watcher Program - New Coordinator
Rich Egan agreed to coordinate the program, replacing Linda Dame in that capacity. Linda will continue to help with weed watching and serve as a member of the Board of Directors. Rich elected to delay joining the Board until he becomes a full time resident of Milton. Many thanks go to Linda for her service as Weed Watched Coordinator since 2005.
TPPA hired 2 paid Weed Watcher this summer.
1. to provide a summer work opportunity for local (Milton or Lebanon) students, and
2. to augment TPPA’s Volunteer Weed Watcher Program with more intensive monitoring of vulnerable areas of Three Ponds’ shoreline.
TPPA Elects New Officers
At the membership meeting 1n July members elected the following officers for the 2014 season:
President Bob Myrick
Vice Pres Wayne Sylvester
Secretary Wendy Beckwith
Treasurer Jill Guptill
Milton Public Works Department is having a Roadside Clean-up Day and Open House on Saturday 19 April 2014 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Refreshments will be provided to volunteers. Click here for info on when to sign in as a volunteer.
The Dec 2013 issue of the TPPPA Newsletter is in the mail. Click here to download it.
One of our members found a jelly-like blob attached to a dock. NH DES told us it was a harmless Bryozoan. Click Here to learn more…
Get the Lead Out!
On August 16 2013, Tiffany Grade, a biologist from the NH Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) gave us an excellent presentation on the State of Loons in NH. Data collected by LPC since 1989 shows that lead fishing tackle is a major cause of adult loon mortality, accounting for 50% of all documented adult loon deaths in the state. These deaths are completely preventable. We urge all of you anglers to please use non-lead fishing tackle. See LPC pamphlet on this subject.
TPPA is offering grants of up to $250 to individual home owners for remediation of erosion sites. … learn more and apply
Milfoil Invades Nearby Spaulding Pond!
Click here to read Steve Baker’s newspaper article about this disaster and why we must all be vigilant about inspecting incoming boats for invasive plants. It takes only one “dirty” boat to ruin things for all of us.