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The Protect Your Waters e-Newsletter is a resource for partners of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative TM and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) campaign to learn more about aquaitc invasive species (AIS) news. The newsletter features AIS news from across the nation, tools to stop invasives, and information about the CD2 Initiative and SAH! campaign.


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NEW! Waterfowl PSA

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This new PSA helps waterfowl hunters learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. 
 
 
Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD

CLean Boats DVD

Do you enjoy competing in fishing tournaments? Does your organization work to put together fishing events? If so, be sure to contact Wildlife Forever for a FREE copy of the Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD. This DVD will teach you how to set up a boat washing station to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. 
Read more about it here


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The PlugDock is a one-of-a-kind product that is specifically designed to help boaters:
1. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
2. Store boat plugs in one place
3. Remember to replace plugs before launching their boat.

In many states, laws require that boat plugs be removed during transport and the PlugDock is the best place to keep your plug when it is not in use.


Learn More Here!



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AUGUST E-NEWSLETTER
2014

Presidents Update
 
In the weeks and months ahead you will see changes to the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) campaign. Lack of funding to support national coordination, marketing and implementation has forced layoffs of critical campaign staff. Wildlife Forever has been honored to work with you in building social media, outreach newsletters, spotlighting Partners in Action and creating tools targeted for community engagement. We remain committed to outreach and education by providing collaborative service however ask for your understanding during these difficult times. We also ask all partners and supporters to urge leadership and policy makers to prioritize national invasive species education and outreach funding for the good of the outdoor community.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

Douglas H. Grann
 
Spotlight on Partners in Action
 
Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species. If you would like to nominate someone to be a Partner in Action, please contact Wildlife Forever
 
PIAStop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is pleased to announce that the Conesus Lake Association (CLA) of New York has been selected as the August Partner in Action. CLA is an extremely active partner in prevention and education about aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the finger lakes area. 
 


Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! & Vote

voting rankingYou can help support Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Vote for Wildlife Forever in this Nationwide contest and help win $45,000 to support the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign. It's free, simple and fast.  Just click on Wildlife Forever and remember to VOTE DAILY through October 15th. Thank you.
 
Waterfowl Outreach
 
Horicon Marsh Outdoor Skills DaySAH! has been ramping up outreach to waterfowl hunters with brand new materials. SAH! banners, decals, brochures and PSAs are available to help your organization spread the Clean Drain Dry message to waterfowl hunters. If your organization is interested in receiving some of these materials, contact Wildlife Forever for more information. 
 


Recipe of the Month

Lionfish Nachos
Ingredients:
  • lionfish1/2 C. Vegetable Oil
  • 8 Wonton Wrappers
  • 1/4 C. Wasabi Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBS. Sweet Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBS. Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1 TBS. Soy Sauce
  • 8 Lionfish Filets
  • 1 C. Seaweed Salad
Directions:
  • Place the oil in a small frying pan over medium/high heat
  • When hot, fry the wonton wrappers one at a time until golden brown and let rest on paper towel
  • In a small bowl, mix the soy and chili sauces until combined
  • In a large oiled pan, fry the lionfish filets until flakey and tender
  • Flake the filets and toss into the sauce mixture
  • Spread the filets and seaweed salad over the wonton wrappers, drizzle with the wasabi mayo as desired
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

 

Spotlight on New Partners
 
As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!

This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Pam Roberts of the Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area
Kathy Lande
Pete Rauen of the Poplar Lake Area Association
Ilena Berg of the Cook County SWCD
Sarah McAteer of the Cook County SWCD
Shannon Grabinger of the Eagle Lake Preservation Association
Jen Tiera of the Eagle Lake Preservation Association
Scott Davis of the Eagle Lake Preservation Association
Andrew Hudak of Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors

 
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July E-Newsletter
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Boat Ramp Signs

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Boat Ramp Signs are great for helping boaters remember how to stop the spread of invasive species. This sign reminds boaters to Clean, Drain, Dry every time. 
 
PlugDock

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The PlugDock is a one-of-a-kind product that is specifically designed to help boaters:
1. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
2. Store boat plugs in one place
3. Remember to replace plugs before launching their boat.

In many states, laws require that boat plugs be removed during transport and the PlugDock is the best place to keep your plug when it is not in use.


Learn More Here!


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Product Catalog

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 This catalog is a collection of multi-media tools, including signage, brochures, banners, and many other valuable outreach materials. Designed to help agencies and partners spread the message of invasive species prevention. 
 
Invasives News
 
National 

NISIC

Center for ISM

Great Lakes/ Midwest

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Southern 

Center for Invasive Species

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JULY E-NEWSLETTER
2014

Spotlight on Partners in Action
 
Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species. 

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is pleased to announce Carmen Chapin as the July, Partner in Action. Carmen is the Program Coordinator of the Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team and proudly supports SAH! throughout the National Parks Service. 

"All natural areas are impacted in some way or another by invasive species. While on the ground control work is important in preserving and/or restoring these ecosystems, we are not going to win the war without active public participation in preventing the additional spread of harmful species," Chapin said. 

 
 
Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! & Vote

You can help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Vote for 
Wildlife Forever in this Nationwide contest. It's free, simple and fast. Funds go to help support SAH! outreach and education. Just click on Wildlife Forever and remember to VOTE daily through October 15th. Thank you.


Mills Fleet Farm Youth Fishing Day
photo 3aJuly 12th marked another year of the Fleet Farm Kids Fishing Appreciation Day. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! hosted 13 aquatic invasive species awareness booths across Minnesota. Over 1,200 children and adults were educated about invasive species. SAH! materials such as the Invaders of the Great Lakes field guides, Silent Invader DVDs, key floats, tattoos, bobbers and decals were given out to help spread the Clean Drain Dry message. 
 
Waterfowl Hunter PSA
photo 5A  brand new Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! public service announcement (PSA) was filmed this month. This PSA is focused on waterfowl hunters and how they can stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Tips on how to best Clean Drain and Dry boats, boots, decoys, and even dogs are highlighted in this PSA. This PSA will be featured on North American Hunter and in a new show called Survivor, set to reach millions of households across the U.S.
Senator Al Franken Gives SAH! a Shout Out
2014 PC Franken Parade

Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director of Wildlife Forever, talked to Senator Franken about SAH! at a parade in Ely,MN. Franken has been active in the fight against AIS. The Senator was supportive of legislation for the Army Corps. of Engineers to stop the spread of Asian Carp. He was instrumental in closing the St. Anthony Lock in Minneapolis, MN. 
 

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! in the News
The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign and Wildlife Forever (WF) were featured in an article in the Sun Post this month. Be sure to read about how WF will be working to help Minnesota Counties effectively stop the spread of AIS.

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Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD
                    
CLean Boats DVDDo you enjoy competing in fishing tournaments? Does your organization work to put together fishing events? If so, be sure to contact Wildlife Forever for a FREE copy of the Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD. This DVD will teach you how to set up a boat washing station to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. 
 
 
 

Recipe of the Month

Asian Carp Provencale

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 4 Asian Carp Fish Steaks
  • 4 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 4 oz. White Wine 
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Freshly Chopped Garlic
  • 2 Tbs. Freshly Chopped Onion
  • 1 Diced Tomato
  • 1 Bunch of Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
  • Placed seasoned fish steaks in a baking pan with the olive oil
  • Cover steaks with the garlic, onions, parsley and lemon juice
  • Place in a 325 degree oven for 5 minutes
  • Remove fish and top with tomato and white wine
  • Return fish to the over and continue baking for 12 minutes
  • Serve over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes

Spotlight on New Partners
 
As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!

This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Mauricia Baca of the Outside Las Vegas Foundation
John Bogard of Thunder Lake Association
Mark Miller from Lake County Department of Natural Resources
Gene Gilliland from B.A.S.S. LLC
Premier Marine, INC.

 
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June e-Newsletter
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Boat Ramp Signs

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Boat Ramp Signs are great for helping boaters remember how to stop the spread of invasive species. This sign reminds boaters to Clean, Drain, Dry every time. 
 
PlugDock

Plug Dock Video Picture

Plug Doc Logo
The PlugDock is a one-of-a-kind product that is specifically designed to help boaters:
1. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
2. Store boat plugs in one place
3. Remember to replace plugs before launching their boat.

In many states, laws require that boat plugs be removed during transport and the PlugDock is the best place to keep your plug when it is not in use.


Learn More Here!


Volume discounts available

Product Catalog

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 This catalog is a collection of multi-media tools, including signage, brochures, banners, and many other valuable outreach materials. Designed to help agencies and partners spread the message of invasive species prevention. 
 
Invasives News
 
National 

NISIC

Center for ISM

Great Lakes/ Midwest

GLIN

Midwest

Southern 

Center for Invasive Species

UF

Pacific

pacific States

Tahoe
 
 
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JUNE E-NEWSLETTER
2014

Spotlight on Partners in Action
 
Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species.
 
Quagga DStop Aquatic Hitchhikers!® (SAH!) is pleased to announce "Quagga D" Davis as the June, Partner in Action. A resident of Nevada, D works tirelessly to educate State Agencies and watershed managers on how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) across Western America by boat inspections and decontamination. D and her husband Michael, have been boaters on Lake Mead for over 25 years and have firsthand knowledge of how AIS can impact a community.

D Davis has been an assistant instructor for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Watercraft Inspection & Decontamination training program (WIT) since 2009. For the past two years, she has been the lead trainer for WIT, training AIS personnel from the 19 Western States and several Canadian Provinces. 

Click here to read the whole story! 

New SAH! Advisory Task Force Created

A newly formed Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!® Advisory Task Force has been appointed to help stop the spread of harmful invasive species. The eight member panel of experts, selected from the boating and fishing industry to state and federal government agencies, will focus on critical development of outreach to recreational users. Input from the Panel will help promote consistent campaign marketing, branding and increased use of SAH! throughout the outdoor community.

Inaugural Task Force members include:

  • Kurt Beckstrom: Editor of North American Fishing Club; Scout Media
  • Kim Bogenschutz: Aquatic Invasive Species Program Leader; Iowa DNR
  • Pat Conzemius: Conservation Director; Wildlife Forever
  • Joanne Grady: Invasive Species Coordinator; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Douglas Jensen: Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator; Minnesota Sea Grant
  • Pat Neu: Executive Director; National Professional Angler Association
  • John Rothlisberger: Aquatic Biologist; USDA Forest Service
  • Susan Shingledecker: Vice President; Boat US Foundation

Read more here!

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Works With Cabela's

Screen Shot SmallThe Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign has been working with the USFWS and Cabela's to educate hunters and anglers about aquatic invasive species(AIS). This month, SAH! was featured in an ad by Cabela's along with the  message of Clean, Drain, Dry. Through this important partnership, recreational users across the country will learn how to stop the spread of AIS. 
 
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Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD
                    
CLean Boats DVD Do you enjoy competing in fishing tournaments? Does your organization work to put together fishing events? If so, be sure to contact Wildlife Forever for a FREE copy of the Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD. This DVD will teach you how to set up a boat washing station to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. 
 
 
 

Recipe of the Month

Mysterysnail Fettuccine

MysterysnailIngredients:

  • 50 snails, prepared
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package (10 oz) Fettuccine noodles

Directions:

  1. Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions
  2. While pasta boils, melt butter in a pan over medium heat then add snails and minced garlic.  Stir often for 15 minutes (Remember: snails MUST be cooked thoroughly before human consumption!)
  3. Drain pasta and toss with snail-butter-garlic sauce
Credit: Invasivore 

Spotlight on New Partners
 
As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!

This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Bob Gowin of Lakes Melissa & Sallie Improvement Association
Shelia Ayers
Jan & Joe Braun 
Dan McCorry of Palmer Lake Association
Burney & Barb Fischer of Big Mantrap Lake
Tom Hess of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
LeRoy Hlauka
Brian Knox of Lake Francis Are Recreation and Conservation Club
Dick Baril of Like Minnie Belle Improvement Association
Dean Ohland of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
Mike Solbrack of Lake Ripley Association
Jeff Strazzinski of Belle Lake Association
Joe Michels of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
Randy Nass of Jennie Lake Improvement Association
Scott Lahr of Jennie Lake Improvement Association
Wayne Hupenbecker
Tom Schatz
Gerald Burmeister
Tom Inglis of Belle Lake Association
Karen Peterson of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
Linda Ratka of Belle Lake Association
Curt Wendland
Charlene Brooks of Crow River Organization of Water
Ken Klehr of Lake Washington Improvement Association
Randy Buboltz of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
Stephen Plaisance of Big Swan Lake Association
Dan Fitterer of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
Cindy Hoffman of Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association
John Forney of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association
Steve Lindow of Bad Medicine Lake Area Association
Thomas Olson of Floyd Lake Association
Thomas Ahlin of Floyd Lake Association
Harry Halvorson of Big Sugarbush Lake Association
Reuben & Verdo Tschnitter of Big Cormorant Lakes Association
Ken Olson of Lakes Melissa & Sallie Improvement Association
Richard Lundeen of Lake Detroiters Association
Richard Rasmussen of Lake Detroiters Association

 
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May 2014
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NEW! Colorful decals will make an impression when on boats, trailers, cars or tackle boxes. Decals are UV coated and perfect for giveaways. To learn more about new products for 2014, 
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Buttons

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NEW! 2" buttons are perfect for boat ramp giveaways and for AIS Inspectors. The eye catching design promotes the Clean, Drain Dry message.

 
PlugDock

Plug Dock Video Picture

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The PlugDock is a one-of-a-kind product that is specifically designed to help boaters:
1. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
2. Store boat plugs in one place
3. Remember to replace plugs before launching their boat.

In many states, laws require that boat plugs be removed during transport and the PlugDock is the best place to keep your plug when it is not in use.


Learn More Here!


Volume discounts available

Product Catalog

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 This catalog is a collection of multi-media tools, including signage, brochures, banners, and many other valuable outreach materials. Designed to help agencies and partners spread the message of invasive species prevention. 
 
Invasives News
 
National 

NISIC

Center for ISM

Great Lakes/ Midwest

GLIN

Midwest

Southern 

Center for Invasive Species

UF

Pacific

pacific States

Tahoe
 
 
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MAY E-NEWSLETTER
2014

Spotlight on Partners in Action
 
Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species.
 
Phil Moy with FishThis month Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Phil Moy as the May Partner in Action. Phil is the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Assistant Director for Outreach and Research and is very involved in monitoring the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Wisconsin and throughout the Great Lakes. Phil is an active partner of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign and knows the benefit of using consistent outreach and education messaging. As President of the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), Phil has been a pioneer in invasive species research bridging science with management to engage recreational users. 

Phil has been with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant program since 1999 and in June, will transition to a new position as Chief Scientist with Smith-Root, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington. Smith-Root produces fisheries conservation equipment including among other things, electrofishing boats and electric fish barriers.
 
 
News From The Field
 
SAH BoothStop Aquatic Hitchhikers! attended the 2014 State of Waters Conference in Brainerd, MN. The campaign had both a booth and a session all about working with anglers to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. The campaign gave away a variety of products and gained 30 new partners from the conference alone! Our nation's waters face the threat of AIS daily, but many concerned citizens are getting involved to stop the spread.
 
SFA zebra musselsStop Aquatic Hitchhikers! was also present at the 2014 Minnesota Governors Fishing Opener at Gull Lake, MN. Invaders of the Great Lakes books and Silent Invader DVDs were given to over 500 attendees. MN Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr spoke about stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species. If you enjoyed fishing  on an infested lake, remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.
 
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! gave a webinar to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Taskforce this month. The taskforce was excited to hear about how rapidly the campaign is growing and expanding. 
 
Billboard programs in Minnesota and Iowa are in full swing. Through many local, state and federal partnerships, almost 60 billboards are being put up along major traffic corridors.  Billboards are a great way to promote the SAH! message to boaters and anglers moving from lake to lake.

The Minneapolis St. Paul Airport will be spreading the Clean, Drain, Dry message with new SAH! Airport Dioramas. This will target boaters and anglers coming into and going out of Minnesota and will reinforce the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! message.
 
Most Wanted Invader Series

Curlyleaf Pondweed
 
rakeThis invader is native to Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. It was introduced into North American Waters in the 1800's through incorrect aquarium disposal. This species is easily identified because it is often the first species to emerge after ice-out. Curlyleaf Pondweed will die-off in mid to late summer which can reduce available oxygen in a lake and may result in fish die-offs. Curlyleaf Pondweed has reddish-green leaves that are oblong in shape with wavy edges and fine-toothed edges.

 
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Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments
                    
                
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Clean Boats Clean Tournaments Video Capture
 This new training video created by the 
UW Sea Grant aims to help teach fishing event organizers and anglers about the best way to set up boat washing stations. The video also works to educate anglers about AIS and how to use the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Clean, Drain Dry message. Free DVDs are available for Fishing Clubs or agencies that offer tournament                     permits. 
 
Recipe of the Month

Lionfish Ceviche

Lionfish Ceviche
Ingredients:
  • 8 Lionfish filets
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers, diced
  • 1/2 large, white onion, diced
  • The juice of 8 limes
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbs. chopped cilantro
Directions
  • Dice the fish filets into 1-inch pieces and place in a shallow bowl
  • add the lime juice to the fish and marinate for 1 1/2 hours in the fridge
  • add the diced onions, peppers, tomatoes, salt and cilantro to the marinated fish
  • Mix well and marinate in the fridge for an additional 30 minutes
  • Serve cold
Credit: Tricia Ferguson and Lad Akins of The Lionfish Cookbook
 

Spotlight on New Partners
 
As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!

This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Betsy Cawn of The Essential Public Information Center
Heather Ensworth of the Beck Pond Association
Angela Strecker of Oregon Lake Watch
Vince Stevens of the Forest Lake Association
Nancy Moe-Mergens of the Center Lakes Association
Jerry Spetzman of Chisago County
Allen Pearson of Ripple lake Association
Linda Blake of Lake Hattie Association and Association of Cass County Lakes
Mike Simons of USLLIA
Terry Crooker of South Big Wolf Lake Association
Dan Wilson of Long Lake Association
Marvin Meyer of Gull Chain of Lakes
Scot Chapman of Big Lake Community Lakes Association
Bob Iversen of Ten Mile Lake Association
Gregg Larson of the Lake Johanna Improvement Society
Kevin Maurer of Morrison County
Joe Courneya of the Red River Basin Commission
Matt Wilkie of Dive Guys
Dale Bacon of Birch Lake Improvement District
Pat Rath of LMLID
Renee DuFresne of PLAA
Lyn Johnson of Pokegama Lake Association of Pine City
Charlotte Quiggle of Sugar Lake Association
Phil Voturba of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
David Gilbertson of Wilkins Lake Association
Mary Homer of Lac Qui Parle Yellow Bank Watershed
Brad Johnson of Big Lake Community Lakes Association
Kevin Strauss of ZWP
Lita Doran of White Earth Reservation DNR
Patrick Anderson of Association of Medicine Lake Area Citizens
Dan Wilson of Long Lost Lake Area Association
Barb Bass of Lake Minnewawa Association
Mary Penney of New York Sea Grant
MaryKate Wood of Wake WorX, LLC
Bill Grantges of Itasca Water Legacy Partnership
Scott Proctor of Conesus Lake Association
Cody Rebischke of Lumberjack RC&D
Britane Peterson of the Women's Anglers of Minnesota
 
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April E-Newsletter
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Product Catalog

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New! This catalog is a collection of multi-media tools, including signage, brochures, banners, and many other valuable outreach materials. Designed to help agencies and partners spread the message of invasive species prevention. 
 
PlugDock

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The PlugDock is a one-of-a-kind product that is specifically designed to help boaters:
1. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
2. Store their boat plug in one place
3. Remember to replace their plug before launching their boat
In many US states, laws require that boat plugs be removed during transport and the PlugDock is the best place to keep your plug when it is not in use.

Learn More Here!


Banners

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New SAH! banners are being printed for the 2014 fishing and boating season. Banners are ideal for boat ramps, fishing contests, gas stations, and other indoor or outdoor events. 

Please contact Julia Luger at jluger@wildlifeforever.org
for more information or to
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National 

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Center for ISM

Great Lakes/ Midwest

GLIN

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APRIL E-NEWSLETTER
2014

Spotlight on Partners in Action
 
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Brooklyn Center, MN – Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Elizabeth Brown as the April Partner in Action. Elizabeth is the Invasive Species Coordinator of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Co-Chair of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.
 
Elizabeth is an active and a strong supporter of outreach and education using the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Campaign.

Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species.
New! Marine Product Helps Stop Invasive Species 
 
plug dock handshake 2PlugDock™ is a new patent-pending product designed to answer two questions faced by all boaters who remove their boat drain plugs to help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!): Where am I going to store my plug? And how am I going to remember to put it back in?
 
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Partners can purchase this innovative product at PlugDock.com  or place discounted bulk orders through Wildlife Forever.    
USDA
Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, gives high praise for the accomplishments of the 2013 Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! partnership. 
 
Read the letter here!
 

photoSAH! Campaign Coordinator, Julia Luger, attended the MN 2014 AIS Symposium. Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken shared their support against AIS through video. A table shared by the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!, Habitatitude, and Minnesota Sea Grant held a lot of great information. Campaign partners from Conservation Minnesota, Minnesota Sea Grant and PlugDock were in attendance to learn about the state of Minnesota Waters.
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With fishing and boating season ramping up, so too are Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! outreach marketing efforts. If you need help placing highway billboards, print ads or campaign materials, please contact Wildlife Forever.



Spotlight on New Partners
 
This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Andrea Locke from WNY PRISIM
TJ Helgeson from Coon Creek Watershed District
Mark Kay Ripp from the Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association
Kirt Hedquist from Full Throttle
Steven Galletta from the Minnesota Bass Federation
Jan Skjolsvik from the Crooked Lake Township AIS Committee
Carlton Layne from the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation (AERF)

As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!
 
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Most Wanted Invader Series

Quagga Mussels

 
QMThis month, our fans learned about Quagga mussels. These mussels are causing just as many problems as their “zebra” counterparts. Quagga mussels are rounded, freshwater mussels with a pale, brown striped shell. These mussels can easily attach to boats and trailers and then be transported to a new area. All boats and recreational equipment must be thoroughly Cleaned, Drained, and Dried to assure that no mussels will be spread from infected waters. 

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Nab the Aquatic Invader
 
Nab the AIThis Program, created by the Illinois and Indiana Sea Grant, is a great resource to teach kinds in grades 4-10 about aquatic invasive species (AIS). Students have the ability to choose one of 4 Officers that each have a different region of the US. They can then “Meet the Suspects,” and learn about the different species that are a problem in that area. There are then a series of quizzes that students can take to evaluate their comprehension about different aspects of the impacts of AIS.

Recipe of the Month

Phragmities "Cossacks Asparagus"
 
PhragmitesIn early spring, you can easily spot last years phragmites. It's tall brown stalks with its large bushy seed pod are often seen in wetlands. To find the young shoots, simply dig around the area where to old shoots meet the soil. The new shoots can then be easily plucked and used in this great recipe. Phragmites often grows in roadside ditches but beware, this plant is a very effective sink for heavy metals, only use phragmites shoots from un-polluted areas.


Ingredients
1/2 lb Phragmites shoots, washed
1 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs Salt
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to boil, add 1 Tbs of salt and shoots and continue to boil for 10 minutes. Strain the shoots and place in a serving dish. Cover with 1 Tbs butter and add additional salt and pepper to taste. 

Enjoy!
To eat the shoots, remove the tough outer 3-4 layers to reveal the soft core. Holding the shoot by the "hard" end, bite off the core and enjoy!

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Recipe of the Month

Rusty Crayfish Boil
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Ingredients:
-2 lbs whole Crayfish
-1 medium onion, cut into wedges
-1 lemon, cut into wedges
-6 cloves garlic, coarsely sliced
-2 TBS cayenne pepper
-6 tbsp. salt
 
Directions:
-Bring 5 quarts of water to boil in a large pot
-Add spices, lemon, garlic and onion and boil for 10 minutes
-Add crayfish and continue boiling for 7 minutes
-Remove and enjoy!

Red potatoes and cobbed corn can be added for a more authentic Cajun experience.
 

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MARCH E-NEWSLETTER
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Spotlight on Partners in Action
 

Brooklyn Center, MN - Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Greg Karch as the March Partner in Action. As a professional tournament angler, Greg is the dirG. Karsh AIS Picture 3ector of the organization “Learn 2 Fish with Us”.  He has been working for the last 10 years to educate thousands of anglers, young and old, about fish and fishing. In 2008, Greg created his own seminar called, “Fishing Basics” which covers topics from safety, fishing presentations, casting and fish identification to how anglers can stop the spread of invasives with the SAH! Clean, Drain, Dry method.


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News From The Field

This month, SAH!  partners were busySAH Booth at work spreading the Clean, Drain, Dry message. An SAH! booth was present at the North East Wisconsin Fishing Conference which was loaded with important information about invasive species. The Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Association, Chilton Chapter also had their annual meeting and each attendee was given an SAH! Protect Our Waterfowl Habitat brochure which educates hunters how they play an important role in stopping the spread of invasive species.

SAH! materials are “flying off the shelves”. Interest in spreading the message has picked up and orders are coming in weekly. Outreach materials are making their way to Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to help spread the word about stopping aquatic invasive species.

Are you interested in odering SAH! materials? Check out our product catalog here
 
Spotlight on New Partners
 
This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Corey Heiser and Troy Morris of Artifishalleyes
Patty Brendel of Hendricks Creek Resort - Dale Hollow Lake
Christina Medved of Roaring Fork Conservancy
David & Jo Lynne Johnson of Keoka Lake Association
Ryan Glaspell of Leaf Lake Association

As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!
 
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Most Wanted Invader Series
 
SAH Spiny FleaFacebook fans learned about the invasive Spiny Water Flea this month. This tiny invader can cause huge problems if it gets into a lake or river. Spiny Water Flea disrupts the food chain and can collect on fishing gear, making fishing much less enjoyable. This invasive is no larger than the nail on your pinky finger and often attaches itself to fishing lines. The egg of the spiny waterflea  are extremely resilient to changes in its environment and can survive periods of drought and salination. The only way to stop this invader from making its way into your lake is to always Clean, Drain and Dry boats and recreational equipment.
 
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The State-Fish Art Program
 
 The State-Fish Art Program (SFA) helps DSC_0173- Invader Crusader Award 2children learn about fish native to their state and invasive species causing problems in their area. Integrating art and science, the SFA Program is a tool that can be utilized by parents and teachers alike to get their children involved in aquatic conservation. The Fish On! CD contains lesson plans about fish, aquatic habitats and invasive species.

Silent Invaders is a SFA entry category focusing on aquatic invasive species. Students create a piece of art illustrating both a state-fish and an invasive species having an effect upon it.  The winner becomes the year’s “Invader Crusader”. Students are also asked to write a page of words about the state-fish they have chosen and the problems that the invasive species is causing.
 
The deadline to enter is March 31st!




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The State-Fish Art Contest is geared up for the 2014 season! Help youth learn more about invasive species by entering the "Silent Invader" Category! They can become the year's "Invader Crusader"! Contestants create a piece of art illustrating the interaction of AIS with a state-fish of their choice. They also write a page of "written words" explaining the impact of the invasive species on conservation efforts for their chosen state-fish.
 

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Recipe of the Month

Alewife & Cucumber Crackers

 
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Ingredients:
- 12 Fresh Alewife, cleaned,
de-boned and skin on
- 1 English Cucumber
- 6 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1 Tbs. Rosemary (fresh or dried)
- 1 pkg. Crackers
- 1 Tbs. Butter

Directions:
- Slice cucumber into thin pieces
- Spread thin layer of cream cheese onto            crackers
- Sprinkle rosemary on top of cream cheese
- Place a cucumber slice on top of cracker
- Place a frying pan over medium heat
- Melt butter
- Place cleaned Alewife's, skin down, onto pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until  flakey
- Place boneless Alewife fillet atop cracker and enjoy!

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FEBRUARY E-NEWSLETTER
2014

 
Spotlight on Partners in Action
 
 
 Brooklyn Center, MNMOU Signing- Pat and Paul Shake HandsStop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is excited to have Conservation Minnesota as the February Partner in Action. As a leader in protecting Minnesota's wilderness, Conservation Minnesota is dedicated to protecting Minnesota through community engagement and legislation. Conservation Minnesota takes a unique approach to engagement by asking Minnesotans what issues matter most to them and then turns these answers into action on behalf of citizens.

Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species.

 
News From The Field
Final Report 2013 Cover ImageThe 2013 SAH! Annual Report has just been released. This year, campaign partners have made over 200 million impressions by utilizing social media, television marketing, print ads, highway billboards, and SAH! outreach events. A survey completed in 2013, led by Sea Grant, showed that the consistent messaging of the SAH! campaign is effective at changing the behavior of recreational users.

Click here to read the report!

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! had a meeting with the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association this month. Expanding outreach into aquaculture has specialists excited to endorse Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! With live bait a potential pathway for AIS spread, professionals in WI hope to help spread the SAH! message throughout the industry.

Materials were sent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA to utilize in an event in that will educate 4,000 students and 50 teachers about AIS issues. The Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. also obtained outreach materials to be used next month at the 2014 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference. 

 
Spotlight on New Partners
 
This month SAH! would like to welcome:
 
Kaycie Stushek from Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
Jon Harkness from IdeaForm Products LLC
Ron Johnson from the UW Extension Aquaculture Outreach Specialist
David Sikes from the Texas Outdoor Writer Association
Milena Acosta from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Ben Davis from the U.S. Army Crops of Engineers TN- Tom Waterway

 
As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments and look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!
 
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Most Wanted Invader Series

Asian Carp
 
Facebook continues to be a great tool to engage recreational users. Fans were allowed to vote on which invasive species they would like to see featured on the Most Wanted Invader series. Asian Carp received 100% of the votes and is obviously a big concern for our fans!
Wanted Poster-Asian CarpAsian carp were initially brought to the US to be introduced to aquaculture farms to reduce algae blooms. After unintentional release in the south, these carp have been steadily making their way up the Mississippi river system and are now threatening the Great Lakes. 

Asian Carp are a problem for multiple reasons, even though their name suggests that they are bottom feeders, as other carp are, Asian carp are planktivores and out compete native fish for food. They also grow very rapidly and some species even jump out of the water causing dangerous and even possibly deadly impacts with
boaters. 

To stop these invasive fish from spreading, be sure to properly identify your bait and always dispose of unwanted bait (even worms) into the trash.


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 The Attack Pack

 
Attack PackThe Attack Pack is an AIS educational kit, created by the UW Sea Grant, as a resource for teachers. Each pack contains preserved specimens of some of the most problematic AIS in the great lakes, plastic fact sheets, a classroom guide and a USB flash drive containing 10 lesson plans created by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The packs are designed to compliment the Nab the Aquatic Invaders! website and can be checked out for free by Wisconsin residents from Wisconsin's Water Library.




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Stopping Asian Carp Movement Could Exceed $18 Billion
 
The US Army Corps of Engineers created eight options to stop the movement of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The implementation of some plans could take up to 25 years and cost $18.4 billion dollars but the Corps cautioned that there is no guarantee that the carp would not get into the lake by that time. Commercial shippers and recreational users worry about the possibility of the lake being completely sealed off, but the Army Corps reassures the public that there will be hearings before any barriers are built.

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Hydrilla makes it onto South Carolina's Top 5 Worst Invasive Species
 
Hydrilla is the only aquatic invasive species that has made it onto South Carolina's 5 worst invaders list. The plant is easily spread through fragmentation and has been linked with a blue-green alga that can be lethal to waterfowl and raptors. 

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Water Hyacinth is taking its toll on California waterways
 
The winter die-off of water hyacinth  is apparent as boaters see floating masses of dead hyacinth which have choked up deltas and bays across southern California. The Division of Boating is currently cutting out the hyacinth from the waterways in an effort to eradicate this invasive species.

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Recipe of the Month

Boiled Water Caltrops


 Possibly the strangest looking aquatic plant seed, the Water Caltrop is said to look like a bat. Common in Asian cuisine, the Water Caltrop is said to have a light flavor similar to that of a roasted chestnut.
 
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Water Caltrops
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-Rinse the caltrops in running water to remove any dirt that may have remained from harvesting
-Place the caltrops in a pot and -cover completely with water
-Generously sprinkle salt into the pot
-Bring the pot to a boil and continue boiling for 20-25 minutes
-Remove the caltrops from the water and crack open to enjoy the inner meat

Try adding 2 star anise and 1/3 c. sugar to the water to give the nuts a slightly sweet flavor!

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JANUARY E-NEWSLETTER
2014

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Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! would like to wish you a happy new year! Thank you for all of your hard work in 2013 and we look forward to all that 2014 has to offer.

Spotlight on "Partners in Action"

Brooklyn Center, MN This month marks the beginning of a new year, and we are pleased to announce Joe Starinchak of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as our January Partner in Action. As the catalyst, leader and one of the founders of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign, (SAH) Joe has made the campaign into an international movement and led the transformation for how outreach is done in the conservation community.

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Joe has been working as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national Outreach Coordinator since 2000. He redefined the way that the Service operates by integrating outreach as a key component to larger conservation vision.  By moving away from a shotgun approach that focused on providing passive information, Joe introduced a paradigm shift through marketing and has empowered interested stakeholders and citizens to become an active part of the aquatic invasive species prevention solution.
 

Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species.

 
News From The Field
 
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SAH! was featured at the National Professional Anglers Association annual conference in Bloomington, MN.  Professional anglers were provided outreach tools and resources to become SAH! ambassadors.        



Untitled 3SAH! also was featured at the MN DNR Roundtable. The team received updates from Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton and the DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee on AIS issues. Concerns from lake owners about stopping the spread of invasives into their lakes and rivers was a top priority.


New is the bi-weekly Most Wanted Invader's series. Look below to see which invasive species was the first featured Most Wanted Invader and be sure to check out Facebook and Twitter to see which invader is featured this week! 
 
Most Wanted Invader Series
 
 SAH! started the Most Wanted Invader series with the first featured invader, the zebra mussel.
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The zebra mussel is native to eurasia and was brought over to the Great Lakes in the ballast water of cargo ships. 

The zebra mussel is easily spread because of its microscopic veligers. Run your hands along the hull of your boat and on fishing equipment to be sure that any attached mussels have been properly removed. 

By cleaning, drain and drying boats and recreational equipment, you can stop the spread of zebra mussels.



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