Lake Environment : Double Post

Adopt-a-Tree program a big success!

On April 21, 2016 the lake received 45 seedling trees free from the Adams County Conservative District for planting around the lake.

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Starting that same evening a group of volunteers adopted these trees and began planting them all around the lake.  They planted 5 Swamp Oaks, 5 Elderberries, 10 White Pines and 25 Sycamores on the East, West, North, and South community areas to help conserve soil and filter runoff.    Each tree was planted with care by the volunteers who pledged to care for their health and growth.

Two or three weeks of frequent rains have helped give these trees to a strong start,  but continued watering and care is what will be needed to allow these trees grow into strong and healthy mature adult trees.

I would like to our volunteers – Roy and Carol, Gail and Ed, Keith, John, CiCi, Julia, Dan, Jim, and Christine for adopting the trees.  I am confident that the trees will live long and prosper with your care.

Be on the lookout for Hydrilla movement in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Hydrilla is considered to be the “Almost Perfect Weed”.  It is able to colonize large expanses with an almost impenetrable mat of vegetation.  Hydrilla employs a series of adaptations that enable it to infest waterways very quickly.  Hydrilla is often times able to inhabit areas otherwise devoid of submerged vegetation.  In short, the plant poses some serious, possibly permanent management headaches if it establishes in a lake or is left untreated.

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If you suspect you have found hydrilla or any type of unknown plant in the lake, please report it to the lake office.   When documenting a suspected find be sure to take a clear close up picture of the plant.  Also include details of its location.  Remember, prevention and early detection is the key to combating any new invader.

There are many other types of invading species out there and that is why last year at Lake Heritage we enacted a quarantine policy to keep invading species out of our lake.  It is so important that we strictly adhere to and enforce this policy because the consequences can be so severe and expensive.  Remember this policy includes any watercraft that might go into the lake whether it is powered, paddled, sailed, or rowed, towed, car topped, or carried.  It is to protect the lake, our recreation and our property values.  Please do not abuse this policy.

 

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