We made great progress in 2018 working together to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) infestations in Cass County and upstream lakes and look forward to more good work in 2019. ACCL has a new initiative for 2019: twenty AIS Detector Sponsorships - (five through ACCL and fifteen through the Resort Ambassador Program). The cost for you to become an AIS Detector will be paid by ACCL (approximate value $195). The Sponsorships through ACCL are for lake association members while the Sponsorships for the Resort Ambassador Program are for resort owners and workers. As an AIS Detector, you will complete detection surveys, provide support to DNR and MAISRC field personnel, help with AIS training and education and other activities - see the MAISRC web page for more information - MAISRC AIS Detector site.
Applications for the sponsorship must be submitted by March 15, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Become an AIS Detector in 2019: Click here for the application form.
You must complete an online course and then complete in-person training on June 7 at the Backus Land Building for this program. You will then be required to complete 25 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of refresher training each year to retain your active status.
ACCL AIS Detectors:
Refer to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) website (see above) for questions on time commitment, what it takes to become an AIS Detector, and other helpful information.
The question of “What will I do as an AIS Detector?” is answered on their website, and will be appropriate for the ACCL sponsorships.
Resort Ambassador Program AIS Detectors:
The Resort Ambassador Program sponsorships will be a little different, as they will require service at either a resort or with the Resort Ambassador Program.
Here are examples of activities that could count towards volunteer service hours for the Resort Ambassador Program:
Citizen Science: Complete new detection surveys of a resort shoreline and monitoring, provide support to resort owners on detection efforts, report incidental AIS discoveries, assist resort owners with educating guests and boat inspections. For watercraft inspection at the resort you'll need to get Volunteer DNR training, if you don't already have it.*
Education/Outreach: Staff educational booths at county fairs, lake association meetings and other local events, help develop informational meetings, speak at Lake Association meeting or other events on behalf of the AIS Detector and Resort Ambassador Programs
Stewardship: Build sampling equipment for AIS such as zebra mussel samplers or aquatic plant rakes, hand-pulling of AIS at resorts
Program Support: Help coordinate AIS prevention events at resorts, assist with a newsletter and social media for the Resort Ambassador Program