Thorndike Pond Conservation Association
Weed Watcher Report 2019
The weed watching program is set up to work in conjunction with the lake host program. The lake hosts do an excellent job of keeping exotic invasive plants and animals out of Thorndike Pond. The weed watchers survey the entire shoreline of the pond on a regular basis in an effort to quickly identify any invasive species that might appear. The members of the weed watcher team are Jim and Anne Banghart,, Patty Scholl, Roberta Schnoor, David and Alisa Nash, Lisa Franzis and Jim Potter. Each member of the team has an assigned area of the shoreline to monitor and is expected to patrol that area at least once a month. I want to thank them for their efforts and encourage every member of TPCA to learn about native plants and assist in monitoring for invasive species in the vicinity of their property.
Fortunately our team has not identified any evidence of invasive aquatic species in Thorndike Pond. One sample was sent to the state for verification, which is still pending, but we believe it is native milfoil which has been present in Thorndike Pond for years. Bladderwort has been in greater abundance this summer, but not out of proportion to other prolific years. This is not of any concern in relationship to the health of our pond. Bladderwort, being a free-floating plant, tends to drift with the wind from west to east, washing up on the eastern shoreline or wrapping around rooted plants or docks. Other native plants including Pickerel Weed, Bur-reed, Watershield, Yellow and White Water Lillies, Cattails and small amounts of native milfoil are present in similar quantities around the shoreline. The greatest amount of plant growth continues to be in the vicinity of the boat launching ramp, which is also where we are at greatest risk of invasive species getting started.