Eurasian milfoil species are not native to our state, and they are very difficult to control once they become fully established. Milfoil reproduces through fragmentation, whereby plant fragments break off from the parent plant through wind or boat action, grow roots, and settle in a new location.
Milfoil spreads rapidly and displaces beneficial native plant life. It makes swimming difficult and can devalue waterfront property. Where this species grows in its native environment, insects and fish may feed on this plant at such a rate as to control its growth. In our area, however, milfoil has no natural predators to keep its population in check. Under optimum temperature, light and nutrient conditions, milfoil may grow up to an inch per day.
How did exotic milfoil become established in New York? It was most likely a "stowaway" fragment attached to a boat or trailer that came to this region. Milfoil can live out of water for many hours if it remains moist.
News & Events 5/19/2015
Lake Reports Available
Reports on the water quality of Yankee Lake and an assessment of the plants in the Tail of the Whale are available for download. Click any of the four links below to access a downloadable PDF version of the report:
Spring 2015 Fish Stocking
- 100 Large Mouth Bass 10-12 inches
- 300 Yellow Perch 4-6 inches long
- 200 Crappie 5-7 inches long
- 2,000 Fat Head Minnows
Local News 5/12/2015
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