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    Default Anyone else receive a letter from UAA RE a SES weed transfer survey?

    Today I received a letter from an outfit calling themselves the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. It had a two dollar bill inside and they wanted to have me complete a survey regarding what lakes I use during FLOAT FLYING season. Just wondering if anyone else received this as well. I agree that it is important to stop the spread of the Elodea weed, however one statement in the letter .. " Other invasive plants MAY also be in the State's lakes and Streams, but have not yet been detected. " ,,, makes me wonder if they already have an agenda.
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    Elodea, an invasive aquatic plant, has already been introduced in Alaska and is being spread by floatplanes. Other invasive aquatic plants that haven’t yet been detected may also be in the state’s lakes and streams. Researchers at ISER and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources are surveying floatplane pilots, to collect information that will help state and federal resource managers protect remote lakes and streams from invasive plants. These plants can create hazards for pilots and cause environmental and economic damage.
    If you are a pilot with a private floatplane rating, you will receive a letter (and a $2 token of our appreciation), asking you to go online and fill out a survey with questions about where you fly. We’ll begin mailing letters January 18. The survey will take about 5 to 15 minutes to complete. We will also call commercial floatplane operators, beginning the week of January 18-22, to ask them for similar information. Phone interviews will last about 10 to 20 minutes. Any information you provide is voluntary and confidential, and your answers will not be associated with you. Survey responses of private pilots and commercial operators will be aggregated and used solely for managing and detecting invasive species.
    Alaska Seagrant and Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund are funding the survey. If you have questions, get in touch with Tobias Schwörer at 907-786-5404 or tschwoerer@alaska.edu.
    http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/news/....ftOiHtQe.dpuf
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    The only agenda is to keep aquatic invasives out of the destinations floatplanes fly to across Alaska. To do that, help from floatplane pilots is necessary for agencies to know where to look. For anybody having trouble getting to the survey, see the note below, found at http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/

    If you received a letter, enter the personalized link you are provided with into the URL address field of your Internet browser (usually in the top left corner of the browser window). It should look similar to: http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/A#### (where the # is your personalized ID). Do NOT enter this link into google search or the search field of your browser. You are in the right place when you see the survey and a personalized greeting containing your first and last name.

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    Well welcome to the forum toschwo. What part of UAA do you work with?
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