Aquatic Invasive Species: Curly Leaf Pondweed
By, Jason Tutkowski
North Lakeland Discovery Center
The North Lakeland Discovery Center and dedicated volunteers are traversing waters in the Town of Winchester in search of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Curly leaf pondweed is one of the most immediate AIS threats – we do not want this plant taking root in the lakes in Winchester. Curly leaf pondweed has many defining features. Its leaves look like thin lasagna noodles which are crisp to the touch and have serrated margins. Those spiky edges are a key feature which differentiates it from clasping leaf pondweed, its native lookalike. So, why exactly is it a problem? It is one of the first aquatic plants to grow in the spring and spreads rapidly through turions (reproductive structures) so it out-competes native plants. It can also grow horizontally along the surface of the water which blocks light for other aquatic species and makes boating and fishing more difficult. Then when it dies in mid-summer the decomposing plants can sap dissolved oxygen from the water and also can increase phosphorus in the water causing algal blooms. Even though it is currently past its peak growth, curly leaf is still present in the water. Look for it growing in soft substrate and in shallow water about ten feet deep or less. The main way you can prevent it from spreading into lakes in the town of Winchester is to inspect, wash, and dry your boats, trailers, and recreational equipment before moving between lakes and streams to make sure you are not transporting any “hitchhikers.” If you suspect you have potentially found this plant or any other invasive species, please contact the North Lakeland Discovery Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with the location where you found it and a photo or sample, if possible.
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Welcome to the Town of Winchester, Wisconsin -- "The Real Northwoods!"
Winchester is located in the northwest corner of Vilas County, bounded by Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the north, Iron County to the west, the town of Presque Isle to the east and the town of Manitowish Waters to the south.
Winchester covers over 34,000 acres and is covered by lakes, with 34 named and 29 unnamed. Almost 80% of the town's area is wooded, and we have more than 6,000 acres of public land as part of the Northern-Highland American Legion State Forest.
Winchester is a small community most of the year, with approximately 400-500 permanent residents (estimated in the year 2012). Like many towns in the Northwoods, we have a larger summer population, with approximately 3000 seasonal residents. Our area is perfect for summer activities like fishing, boating and hiking. Winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are also popular.
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