This summer, Field and Collins Ponds in the Harold Parker State Forest have been treated with herbicides in a repeated effort to control invasive fanwort and milfoil. The Friends of Harold Parker invites the public to a “Paddle the Pond” event from 10–12 on Saturday August 26 to view the results of these treatments and to learn more about the process.
We'll meet at the Collins Pond lot on Harold Parker Road. Bring a canoe or kayak (and life vests!) to launch on Field Pond if you plan to go out on the water. You can also join us for a walk along the shore to look for signs of returning life. There will be volunteers stationed on and around the pond to talk about the process.
Harold Parker's former interpreter, Bob Anderson, will share with us how the treatments may have affected wildlife in the ponds. Learn about what the Merrimack College students studying the pond observed last year and what they'll be doing this semester. We will also share information on alternative methods of controlling invasive plants and how to manage the problem going forward.
What to bring: Kayaks or canoes, life vests, waterproof shoes, sunscreen and water. This event will take place rain or shine.