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Vermont group testing weed harvesters in battle against invasive milfoil

The invasive species include Eurasian water milfoil.

CASTLETON, Vt. — A Vermont neighborhood association is testing two new weed harvesters that help remove an invasive species from Lake Bomoseen.

Officials with the Lake Bomoseen Association tell the Rutland Herald they are spending $29,500 on a 10-week pilot program to pull up Eurasian milfoil from the lake.

Association member Bill Wood says they tried to use a harvester last year to remove the weeds but it didn’t work. Wood says the new harvesters are pulling 40 to 50 cubic yards of weeds per day since launching last week.

Wood says the organization may buy the harvesters after the program ends.

Josh Mulhollem, who coordinates the management of invasive species for the Agency of Natural Resources, says the state overall has improved in containing the invasive weed.

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