Vermont DEC announces 2018 Vermont Invasive Patroller training schedule

Please join Vermont Lakes & Ponds Program staff at one of five free workshops offered to train Vermont Invasive Patrollers to monitor lakes and ponds for invasive species, survey healthy native plant populations, and reduce the threat for invasive species  introductions. All training sessions involve an introductory overview and a paddle on the water.


Saturday, June 23, 2018  10:00 am  -  2:00 pm

VIP Workshop – Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow

VIP Paddle – Echo Lake, Camp Plymouth State Park

* Hosted by VT Forest, Parks and Recreation; Black River Action Team; Windham NRCD and Ottauquechee NRCD 


Saturday, July 14, 2018  10:00 am  -  2:00 pm

VIP Workshop – Charleston Town Clerk’s Office, West Charleston

VIP Paddle – Echo Lake, East Charleston

* Hosted by Echo Lake Protective Association


Wednesday, July 18, 2018  10:00 am  -  1:00 pm

VIP Paddle – Lake Carmi State Park, Enosburg Falls

* Hosted by VT Forest, Parks and Recreation &

Franklin Watershed Committee


Wednesday, July 25, 2018       10:00 am  -  2:00 pm

VIP Workshop – Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester

VIP Paddle – Colchester Pond, Colchester

* Hosted by Winooski Valley Park District


Friday, July 27, 2018      10:00 am  -  1:00 pm

VIP Paddle – Salem Lake, Derby

* Hosted by the Salem Lake Association



Workshop Topics

•Aquatic plant species identification, biology, and lake ecology 

•Aquatic invasive species threats to native species

•Surveying and monitoring techniques

Overview of invasive plant treatment methods and tools



Pre-registration is required.

Please contact Kim Jensen at

or (802) 490-6120 to sign up for a workshop or paddle.