2008 was the second summer of our ‘Greeter’ program. We believe that educating lake users is an important part of combating the spread of milfoil. Our volunteers teach boaters about milfoil and how it spreads so that they can take preventive measures such as cleaning and inspecting their boats and equipment.
A LAKE FAIRLEE VOLUNTEER GREETER HANDS A FLYER TO A VISITING FISHER
Our goal was to have a trained volunteer stationed at the boat ramp every Saturday and Sunday during peak hours. We had trouble getting enough volunteers to provide the coverage we wanted. Providing adequate training was very labor intensive, as we often had to provide the training one at a time. We are in contact with other lakes, and are learning from their experience.
In spite of these difficulties, the program is growing and is having a beneficial effect. Many of the people the greeters speak to are surprised by some of what they learn and express their gratitude for the information. Next year we hope to be able to find funds to hire a regular (part time) greeter so we won’t have to lean so heavily on our (small number of) volunteers.