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    At 93, botanist Pixie Williams is still volunteering to protect Maine’s lakes - Staff photo by Brianna Soukup | of | Share this photo

    A preserved Japanese knotweed specimen at Pixie Williams' home.

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    In a bid to protect Maine lakes, Pixie Williams, above, and other Lake Stewards of Maine volunteers are compiling a teaching archive of samples of invasive and native plant species – the Pixie WIlliams Herbarium.

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    A specimen in the process of being archived at Pixie Williams' home.

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    Williams points out a carefully preserved sample of whorled water-milfoil. Specimens are dried, pressed and meticulously glued to acid-free paper, which helps illuminate plant details.

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    A Chinese Mystery Snail sits among the herbarium samples at Pixie Williams' home. Though native to Asia, the snail has established itself in North America.

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    A sample of Japanese knotweed. Williams is working on more specimens for the herbarium at her home in Topsham.

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