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IAS Documentation Forms

Below are field sheets, documentation forms and other means of data capture used by Invasive Plant Patrol monitors.  For more on how to get started as an Invasive Plant Patroller, please see the IPP training page.

Invasive Plant Patrol Monitor Certification

The goal of the IPP Certification Program is to encourage and support individual and group commitment to annual collection and submission of invasive aquatic plant screening survey data. To become a Certified Plant Patroller you must have participated in at least one Introductory IPP workshop (or equivalent training), complete a print-off version or a fillable version of the questionnaire (only the portions that apply) and sign the statement of commitment. LSM will provide all certified patrollers with standardized field sheets and an ID card.

Plant Patrol Surveys

Instructions for Invasive Plant Patrol Surveys

IAP Screening Survey Procedures

Survey Field Sheets

Notice: Do Not Print Field Sheets on Inkjet Printers. There is a good chance your forms will get wet and inkjet printing runs when wet. Please use a laser printer or contact the LSM office and we will gladly mail you extra data forms.

Screening Survey Field FormUse the screening form when surveying a lake without a known infestation, or for low-level surveillance on an existing infestation            Word Document            PDF Document            Survey123

Screening Survey Field Form (Scientific Names)Native plant inventory listed by scientific name            Word Document            PDF Document            Survey123

Mapping Survey Field FormUse the mapping form when surveying and mapping a known infestation. **For higher resolution and accurate mapping of infestations please use the Survey123 digital form.            Word Document            PDF Document            Survey123

Screening/Mapping Survey Field Form InstructionsDirections for properly filling out your screening or mapping survey field form

Submitting Suspicious Species

Aquatic Phenomena Photo Submission Form

Please use this form if you wish to submit photos for identification assistance. If you have not submitted photos this way before, please see the IAS Reporting Guide for instructions prior to completing the form.

Paper forms

Suspicious Plant Paper Form – Fill out and submit with the suspicious plant, following these guidelines. Form Instructions

Suspicious Organism Form – Fill out and follow form directions for submitting. Form Instructions


Volunteer Contribution Tracking Sheet

Please help us estimate the value of the contribution made by LSM Water Quality Monitors and Invasive Plant Patrollers to the monitoring and protection of Maine waters. Use this sheet (front and back) to track any time and expenses related to your monitoring and lake stewardship activity.            Word Document            PDF Document


Lake Pages

You’re individual Lake Page will help you find information about your lake, including water quality data, depth maps, volunteer lists and certification numbers, past plant surveys and a link to local weather.

Search by lake or pond name, town name, zip code, or MIDAS number.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. LSM trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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LSM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 50 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources — our lakes.