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IPP Leaders’ Exchange

Welcome to the Leaders’ Exchange!

IPP work is full of wonder and excitement, but not without it’s challenges.  By applying experience, skill, ingenuity and painstaking care, IPP leaders are coming up with novel solutions to these challenges, as well as arriving at more effective, elegant, and diverse ways of doing this important work – ways that are often able to be adapted and applied on a wider scale.

The recent surge of new and improved tools, materials, protocols and procedures from many volunteers has called for new solutions to sharing information. The Leaders’ Exchange was designed with this purpose in mind.

We hope you’ll come here when you are looking for ideas and inspiration to help you make improvements to your program, solve a problem, overcome a challenge, or take the next step forward. We also hope you will return later to share your insights and achievements, and reflect on what you’ve learned with your fellow IPP leaders.

Together we are saving Maine lakes; one paddle, one peek, one plant at a time. We look forward to hearing from you!


Success Stories
Websites & News
Other Items

Success Stories

Please Contact us if you have a success story to share!

Branch Lake Milfoil Rangers
Damariscotta Lake Hydrilla Hunters
Echo Lake Association
Invasive Plant Patrollers are Making a Difference!
Panther Pond Invasive Plant Patrol

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A place for your new equipment innovations and directions for building scopes and other surveying tools.

The Peek-a-boo Kayak – a possible alternative to building your own view canoe or kayak
Bucket Scope Instructions
Trunk Scope Instructions
Kayak Scope Instructions
View Canoe Instructions
Anchor & Buoy Instructions

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How are you organizing your team? What kind of appreciation events are you planning?

Eyes on the Water – a program developed by the Lovell Invasive Plant Prevention Committee, combining aspects of Invasive Plant Patrol and Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Vital Signs program.

Liability Release sample
EOW Outing Directions
EOW Outing Guidelines
Using Vital Signs

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Websites & News

See how other IPP Teams and Lake Associations are using their websites to get the word out and read news about IPP efforts.

Clary Lake Association – check out their information about the IPP under the “Programs” tab

Embden Pond Association – Visit the link to their plant survey page, listed on the right under Related Sites

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Other Items

DLWA’s Combating Hydrilla brochure

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Contact information

Contact us at:     Phone: 207-783-7733       Email:

Hours of visitation at LSM Office:
  Mondays 9:00am - 3:00pm         Wednesdays 9:00am - 3:00pm
  Thursdays 11:00am - 3:00pm       Or by appointment

Our Mission

Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) works to protect Maine lakes and to promote lake stewardship through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health.


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.