Aggressive invasive plant found for the 1st time in Hancock County

An aggressive invasive aquatic plant that can take over other species’ habitats in Maine’s lakes has been found for the first time in Hancock County.

Officials recently determined a plant sample collected at Alamoosook Lake in Orland last summer was the invasive variable watermilfoil, raising concerns about potential spread in the area.

The fast-growing plant that lives along the shoreline can, when left unchecked, interfere with boating and swimming, cause property values ​​to decline and colonize native plants’ habitats.

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