Be a VIP Vermont Invasive Patroller!
Early detection is vital to protecting Vermont’s waterbodies from harmful invasive plants and animals. Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIPs) monitor local waterbodies for new introductions of invasive species while also learning about native aquatic plants and animals.
Click here for the VIP Program Brochure (pdf, 1.46MB)
- Participate in a least one VIP workshop
every three years
- Sign a Statement of Commitment promising to document survey results in accordance with standardized procedures and report them to Vermont DEC
- During the summer conduct and submit at least two surveys for the presence of invasive plants and animals in your lake or pond (or a specific section thereof)
- Notify DEC staff and submit suspicious samples for positive identification when applicable
A basic VIP workshop spans four hours, split between classroom time and “field” time on the water. In this workshop participants will learn:
- The fundamentals of lake ecology
- The difference between native, exotic, nuisance and invasive species
- How invasive species are introduced and established
- How to identify common aquatic plants and animals, both native and invasive (the latter will be emphasized)
- How to conduct surveys of native and invasive species in their natural habitats
Host a VIP Workshop
Do you have a group of volunteers interested in becoming VIPs? If so, consider hosting your own VIP workshop!
It’s helpful if you can provide:
- An indoor venue with electricity
- A nearby waterbody that can be paddled, preferably with an existing invasive species infestation, such as Eurasian watermilfoil, suitable for plant survey field training
- Canoes and/or kayaks and personal flotation devices (i.e. life jackets) for as many participants as possible; Vermont DEC can only provide a limited number of canoes and/or kayaks for workshops
If you’re interested in becoming a VIP or hosting a VIP workshop for a group of volunteers in your area, please contact Bethany Sargent Bethany.Sargent@state.vt.us
or (802) 490-6129.