The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) will host a training session in invasive plant identification for volunteers who want to survey lakes and ponds for aquatic invaders such as Eurasian watermilfoil that are invading Adirondack waters. The session will be held in Old Forge on Thursday, June 26. The session is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To attend, RSVP to Hilary Oles at (518) 576-2082 x 131 or [email protected]
Left to spread, invasive plants reach nuisance levels that degrade recreational and natural resources. Luckily, as the boating season begins, hundreds of citizens will keep watchful eyes for new infestations, which can lead to quick action to ensure the eradication of the invasives.
Volunteers are critical in the fight against invasive species. To date, more than 300 volunteers have spent 3,000 hours surveying 205 waterbodies. Their vigilance each year in APIPP’s early detection program has helped to establish a better understanding of invasive species. At least 51 waterbodies have invasive plants in the Adirondack Park, but the good news is that nearly 200 bodies of waters surveyed had no observable infestations. Armed with this information, organizations and communities can take appropriate action.
APIPP is a partnership of diverse organizations that is managed by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack North Country Association. Learn more about APIPP on-line at www.adkinvasives.com.