Thursday, September 18, 2014

Plant Profile - ALGAE!!!

Its almost not fair to this group of plants to try and lump them all into one post, but we are going to try anyway!  Algae are quite possible the most diverse and widespread of our aquatic plants being found in salt, brackish, and freshwaters worldwide. Although considered "simple" in their cellular structure (made up of only one cell!), algae are some of the most important organisms on this entire planet!  Did you know that algae provide the base of MANY aquatic (and even terrestrial) food chains supporting organisms all the way up the chain, even whales!  If thats not enough, algae produce between 40-50% of the oxygen that we breathe through the simple energy making plant process of photosynthesis!  Becoming a little more accepting of the algae group now aren't we?!?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Management Minute - Six Steps to Developing A Management Plan

Aquatic invasive plants can be a MAJOR headache for resource managers, homeowners, recreational users, government officials, and many others. So YOU'VE got invasive or nuisance aquatic plants in your lake, pond, river, bath tub, etc..... what next?  The nature of the problem might lead one to believe that there might be a universal, one sized fits all approach to management of aquatic plants.... but that couldn't be further from the truth.   Read on and we'll tell you the appropriate steps to tackle some of the toughest jobs in aquatic plant management.