Updated February 4, 2016

Float PlaneElodea, an invasive aquatic plant, has already been introduced in Alaska and is being spread by floatplanes and in other ways. 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.

On February 1 we sent out letters to a large sample of pilots with floatplane ratings. The letter includes a $2 token of our appreciation. We are asking you to go online and enter the exact website address shown on the letter into the address field of your Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. After entering this address you can fill out a survey with questions about where you fly on personal trips. The survey will take about 5 to 15 minutes to complete.

We will also call commercial floatplane operators the week of February 1st 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. All survey responses 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.

Note: This post is not the survey. If you received a letter from us, please 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.