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AIS new to WI lakes found in Forest Co.Submitted: 09/03/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - Aquatic Invasive Species experts found an invasive plant new to Wisconsin Lakes. They found it in a lake in Forest County near Armstrong Creek. Now they want you to be on the lookout for Yellow Floating Heart.

The group found two patches of the plant in Lake Gordon. The survey that led them to the lake was part of a five year project by the DNR. They surveyed hundreds of public access lakes statewide.

Yellow Floating Heart looks a lot like a regular lily pad. But a lily pad is smooth around the edges.

"It's a floating leaf plant, actually. And the leaves have wavy, kind of scalloped edges, and the leaves float. They're extremely aggressive. One plant in only twelve weeks can produce over a hundred plants. It grows in shallower water; ten feet or less. It has the potential to take over the entire edges of a lake," says John Preuss, Lumberjack Aquatic Invasives Coordinator.

Yellow Floating Heart is not widespread here. But since it's so aggressive, don't attempt to pull it up yourself.

It's an intensive process the DNR should handle. The patches found on Gordon Lake took nearly seven hours to get rid of. Workers will be going back every week to remove any plants that come back.



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