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SLA To Host Aquatic Plant Guided Paddle
July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) for a guided paddle up Squam River on July 31st from approximately 10am -12 pm. During the paddle we will be examining vascular aquatic plants and learning how to distinguish them as well as their ecological role. Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) member Beth Boos will be leading the paddle through vegetated portions of the river, so participants will get the opportunity to see a variety of aquatic plants. Ecological importance and role will also be covered throughout the paddle.
Aquatic plants play a vital role in maintaining freshwater ecosystems. From providing habitat and shelter to providing a source of food for fish and invertebrates, it is a key piece of the puzzle. Producers, like plants, are also important because they add oxygen to the water around them, which organisms living in the water rely on to survive. Plants can also be a good indicator of the overall health of the system. Identifying these plants allows us to compare ecosystems and identify potential invasive plants that may be emerging in our waters.
Registration is required. Visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336) for more information or to sign up for this program. Be sure to check out all the other Live Adventure Ecology Programs that SLA is offering this summer. These programs are all free to the public, and they are a great way to immerse yourself in the Lakes Region and explore Squam and it’s natural history. LRCC AmeriCorps members are responsible for creating and delivering these programs based on their experience doing conservation work for the SLA.
The Squam Lakes Association is a non-profit organization focused on conserving the Squam Lakes region for both public benefit and benefit of the natural resources in the environment. The SLA collaborates with local and state partners to promote the protection, careful use, and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces, and wildlife of the Squam Lakes Region.