Lake Hosts: Looking for Volunteers
Living on Beaver Lake, we realize how lucky we are. Unlike many of the lakes in New Hampshire we DO NOT HAVE ANY INVASIVE PLANTS in Beaver Lake. Why, because we have been proactive in protecting our lake. We do this through the NH Lakes Association, Lake Host Program. The Lake Host Program places Paid and Volunteer staff at the Public Boat Ramp who check boats going into and coming out of Beaver Lake. We pay for this program, largely through BLIA dues (much of the money that we receive for membership is used for this program.), some funding from the Town of Derry and some grant money from NH Lakes. The grant money from NH Lakes is awarded partially based on the number of volunteers that we have participating in the program. Volunteering just 2 hours a week, not only allows for more coverage at the boat ramp, but also ensures future grants from NH Lakes.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Lake Host send us an email and one of our coordinators will contact you.
What’s Involved: An Overview from NH Lakes
The Lake Host is the first “official” friendly face that visitors see as they enter and/or leave the boat launch area. The Lake Host is an ambassador of the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) and of the local organization that is participating in the program, and, as such, his/her job is to always greet and treat people in a friendly, non-threatening, and courteous manner. The visitor recognizes the Lake Host as someone “official” because of the uniform—the Lake Host shirt, cap or visor, and a big smile. Lake Hosts are responsible for: greeting every boater in the process of launching or removing a vessel from the water; educating boaters about what they can do to prevent the spread of invasive exotic aquatic species; surveying boaters about their boating practices; and, conducting a courtesy boat and trailer inspection (if invited to do so by the boat owner) in order to remove all hitchhiking pieces of aquatic plants.
DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED TO:
- Greeting visitors both entering and leaving the boat launch area in the prescribed manner.
- Asking questions and completing information on the Boater Survey.
- Distributing brochures and other program-related materials.
- Conducting a courtesy boat and trailer inspection in the prescribed manner after asking for the boat owner’s permission and inviting the boater to assist.
- Removing all vegetation found.
- Thanking the boater when finished and asking him/her to conduct his/her own inspection every time upon entering or leaving a waterbody.
- Attempting to identify vegetation removed from boats and trailers in between visits from boaters.
- Calling the local supervisor’s attention to ‘suspicious’ plants, so that he/she can send the sample to the Department of Environmental Services for identification. (The local supervisor is the Point Person/Managing Lake Host for the group administering the local program.)
- Completing the Boater Survey and, if applicable, Daily Summary Sheets for each day worked, and providing these and timesheets or volunteer match sheets to the local supervisor in the manner specified.
- Other related duties as assigned by the local supervisor.