Uncontrolled growing vegetation, especially as it relates to invasive species and large mono-species tree growth on the bottomlands is a concern of many lake owners and Four Lakes Task Force. Bottomland vegetation is part of the environmental restoration plan that FLTF is implementing. However, we have determined that it is not feasible to implement a Four Lakes-wide program this year for these reasons:
Tactical vegetation management and other aspects of lake improvement activities come from the Lake Improvement Boards and Weed Assessment Districts. Four Lakes is working with all these groups to develop an aligned plan.
What Will Occur in 2021:
What A Transitional Vegetation Bottomland Plan May Look Like:
Chemical Treatment to Manage Woody Tree Growth in the Bottomlands
FLTF will not be doing any chemical treatment in 2021, and we are not encouraging property owners to use chemicals. Secord and Smallwood Lakes are planning normal aquatic treatment in their lowered lakes.
Going forward, just like aquatic weed control, some chemicals may be needed. While aerial spraying costs significantly less, a decision has not been made and we will look at all options.
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