Starry stonewort confirmed in Pimushe Lake

State wildlife officials confirmed starry stonewort in Pimushe Lake.

According to a release from the DNR, the invasive macroalgae was discovered by Beltrami County Environmental Services during an early access detection check.

The DNR will determine the locations and extent of starry stonewort in Pimushe Lake, which is about 20 miles northeast of Bemidji.

The U of M Extension Office organizes “Starry Trek,” an annual program involving volunteers to seek invasive plants in Minnesota waters.

Over the past three annual Treks, AIS have been discovered in at least one Minnesota lake.

Starry Trek is on Aug. 21, when the tell-tale white star-shaped bulbils of the plant make it more recognizable.

More information on starry stonewort is on the DNR’s website.

Beltrami County residents who believe they’ve discovered Starry Stonewort can contact Bruce Anspach, AIS lakes technician, at 333-8281.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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