If you have noticed aquatic vegetation in exclosures or cages, you have seen what is being done to establish native vegetation at Lake Gaston. As the level of invasive Hydrilla decreases, providing an opportunity for colonies of native vegetation to take its place is important. These natives help prevent shoreline erosion, improve water quality and provide habitat for invertebrates and fish. These cages help reduce grazing by turtles and grass carp, giving the natives time to get established.
With the exception of 2020 (say “Pandemic”), new cages have been built and native vegetation transplanted from other areas of the lake into the cages.
This collaborative effort is funded by the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council and the Sport Fish Restoration Program. LGA volunteers work side by side with staff from NC State University Crop Science, NC Wildlife Commission and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.