Lake Host Program
Lake Hosts Do Make a Difference! Supported with funds from the New Hampshire Lakes Association, Silver Lake is fortunate to have been part of the NH Lake Host™ Program for the past several years. The main way exotic invasive aquatic plants spread in New Hampshire is through the transportation of plant fragments on boats and trailers from infested water bodies to un-infested water bodies.
At Silver Lake, we have a combination of paid and volunteer trained Lake Hosts at our public boat landing during the busiest weekends of the summer months. These hosts help conduct courtesy boat and trailer inspections of vessels both entering and leaving our lake and show boaters where to look for hitch-hiking plant fragments on their boats and trailers. Hosts remove and properly dispose of all plant material found and send samples of suspicious plants removed from vessels to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) for identification. Additionally, hosts educate visiting boaters about exotic plants by distributing brochures, answering questions, and completing a brief boater survey.