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Task force to hold hearings on expanded invasive species plan
Friday, August 02, 2002
AUGUSTA, Maine -- An expanded action plan designed to halt or manage the spread not only of invasive aquatic plants, but also invasive aquatic species such as fish, mollusks and crustaceans is the topic of discussion at four public meetings to be held throughout the state this August.

The four key goals of this new action plan are go educate the public, prevent new introductions, limit the spread of established populations to new waters and reduce the harmful effects resulting from the spread. This plan would guide and coordinate the policies and programs of state agencies and partners in directing efforts to halt and control invasive species.

This action plan builds upon the law enacted by the 120th legislature that was designed to halt the spread of invasive aquatic plants. The sale of a Lake and River Protection Sticker, which is required of anyone using a motorized boat on the inland waters of the state, was established to raise funds and public awareness for prevention, detection and control of these species. An inspection and education program was instituted as part of the program.

That law also granted emergency authority to regulate surface use such as boating and fishing on plant infested waters. The new plan reaffirms that authority, as well as considering stronger options such as roadside inspections and limiting access to waterways if voluntary inspections do not work.

For a copy of this plan, please go to: Public meetings on the will be held at the following locations:

Thursday, August 8, 2002, 6:30-8:30 pm
Jewett Hall Auditorium, University of Maine at Augusta

Monday, August 12, 2002, 6:30-8:30 pm
Presque Isle Fish and Game Club
1.8 miles out on the Parsons Road in Presque Isle

Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Penobscot County Conservation Association
On Route 9, diagonally across from the Twin City Baptist Church

  • 1.3 miles north of the light on the Brewer end of the Chamberlain (middle) Bridge over the Penobscot River
  • 3.0 miles south of the intersection of Routes 9 and 178

    Monday, August 19, 2002, 6:30-8:30 pm
    Lake Region High School
    About 2 miles north of Naples and 3 miles south of Bridgton on Route 302

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