Monday, June 10, 2024

Volunteering Thrill

I had a blast helping a neighboring lake association with their Swollen Bladderwort removal initiative. The Maine D.E.P. contracted a suction harvester to remove as much of the invasive plant as they could in 3.5 days.

Volunteers were there with nets to scoop up fragments that had escaped during the process.

It was a mammoth task, and though we cleared large areas, the infestation is broader than we had previously realized. The plant has long trailing vegetation that is difficult to capture in its entirety without breaking it apart.

Even though there was still a lot left by the time the contracted time was over, it felt so rewarding to have been part of this effort, and I came home happy and satisfied each day. I definitely enjoy getting down and dirty for things that matter to me.

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