This is NOT Little Traverse Lake! Let's make sure it never is. A highly aggressive aquatic invasive species (AIS) known as Eurasion Watermilfoil (EWM) is wreaking havoc in freshwater lakes throughout Michigan. It poses an imminent threat to Little Traverse Lake. Your donations and membership dues support LTLA's work to defend our lake from this and other invasive species.
Purple Loosestrife (PL) is a beautiful plant, but a wetland menace.
It shades out native plants and aggressively develops into thickets that waterfowl cannot penetrate. It’s classified as an invasive species by the State of Michigan. Be a good neighbor and contact LTLA to learn how to eradicate PL from your property so it doesn't spread to others around the lake and watershed.
EWM has not been found yet in LTL, but neighboring lake associations have been fighting costly infestations in recent years. Our current prevention strategy includes our newly installed self-serve boat cleaning station and regular surveys by Freshwater Solutions, which will identify all of the lake’s aquatic vegetation and its location. They will notify us quickly if they find any invasive plants so that rapid eradication efforts can begin immediately.
A yearly plant survey by Freshwater Solutions will also identify invasive wetland plants including new stands of Purple Loosestrife and invasive Yellow Iris. Volunteers continue to dig out these invader species as well as cutting and disposing of flower stalks in order to prevent the release of seeds in select locations. Targeted spraying of aquatic approved herbicides may be required for large and persistent stands of PL.
Your donations and membership dues support the work of the Association to prevent and eradicate invasive species that left unchecked will harm lake ecosystems and diminish property values.
Contact LTLA to join with other volunteers to help identify or cut and dig out targets species stands.
Contact LTLA for advice about how to eradicate PL from your property so it doesn't spread to others around the lake and watershed.
Most plants and animals found in inland lakes are natural parts of a diverse and healthy ecosystem, however other species can become problematic, threatening lake health...and having often unpredictable environmental impacts.
"Many plants invasive in our region were once imported for use in ornamental landscapes, and some remain popular in the nurseries today. In the past, gardeners were unaware of the impact of invasive species, today we have the opportunity to make informed decisions about what we plant."
Native plants are typically easy to grow because they are adapted to the site and climatic conditions in their natural habitats. SHoreline varieties have extensive roots system that prevent erosion. Many wildlife species are dependent upon specific native plants for their survival.
Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association