How to Identify Invasive Plants
Invasive non-native plants are becoming a huge issue for New York lakes. It is extremely important that anything that has had contact with another body of water be thoroughly cleaned before being introduced into Yankee Lake. That means if you have used a canoe, kayak, fishing boat, sailboat, pontoon boat, pedal boat, anchor, fish net, fishing gear, paddles, oars, life preservers (personal floatation devices), or any other object that was in contact with another lake's water, then you must clean the object before introducing it to our lake.
Lakes can be completely over-run by invasive plants very quickly. Please learn about what plants are native and properly belong in and around our lake, and what plants are non-native and potentially destructive to our eco-system. An excellent resource from the state of Maine can be downloaded by clicking this link.
If you think you have found a non-native plant, please pull a sample, including stem, leaves, flowers and roots if possible. Put the sample in a bucket of water, leave it in the shade, and contact Georgia Rampe, Chairman of our Lake Conservation and Preservation Committee.