Aquatic macrophytes are important constituents of all lake systems; they stabilize sediment, cycle nutrients, introduce oxygen to the water column, support a diverse set of community interactions, provide habitat for variety of fauna, and add to the recreational value a lentic system. Problems generally arise due to non-native plant species and the subsequent diminished community diversity. Additionally, aquatic plant species may cause some recreational impediments to lake community residents when they invade swimming or docking areas. Aquatic Ecosystem Research understands that human usage of a lake is an important part of any management plan; however, we also understand that plants are an integral part of the lake ecosystem. Therefore, we attempt to reduce the recreational impact of aquatic plants by managing important recreational areas while promoting the overall diversity of the plant community. We do this through subtle manipulations of the holistic plant community and management of dominant, non-native species. A list of our specific plant management services is provided below.
Plant Management Services
- Plant Community Management Plans
- Non-native Plant Management Plans
- Non-native Plant Inspections
- Non-native Plant Species Invasion Risk Assessments
- Quantitative Non-native Plant Mapping
- Qualitative Plant Community Surveying
- Quantitative Plant Community Analyses
- Recreational Impact Assessments
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