Monday, July 12, 2010

Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week Events

Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week is underway and groups around the region have stepped up to help spread the word about harmful invasive species.

Coincidentally, the New York State Invasive Species Council has just sent a report entitled A Regulatory System for Non-Native Species to Governor Patterson and the legislature for review. The new report by the NYS Invasive Species Council introduces a process for assessing level of threat, assessing socioeconomic value, and assigning each invasive species into a distinct category for appropriate action.
Aquatic invasives like milfoil, zebra mussels, and curly-leaf pondweed, spiny waterflea and water chestnut pose a threat to the clarity, health and recreational enjoyment of area lakes. Eurasian watermilfoil for example, spreads easily and grows quickly, crowding out native plants, reducing biodiversity, and diminishing fish habitat.

Due to a lack of natural predators, diseases and parasites, invasive species can quickly become pervasive. When they do, these species can negatively impact the ecological balance of the regions waterways by out-competing native species for light, nutrients, and space.

On the land plants like purple loosestrife, common reed and the newly identified wall lettuce can alter hydrological processes, and can change drainage patterns, soil water-holding capacity, and resistance to erosion. Phragmites, shrubby honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Oriental bittersweet, burning bush, and Japanese barberry are additional invasive plants living in our region. Our surrounding forests need protection from insect invaders, such as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), which have had a devastating impact on tree populations in the Great Lakes and the Northeast regions.

Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week Event Schedule, July 11-17, 2010

Monday, July 12
10:00am-5:00pm (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11:00am-4:00pm (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

7:00pm (Presentation, Inlet Town Hall) “White Nose Syndrome,” presented by Caitlin Stewart, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Tuesday, July 13
9:00am-5:00pm (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11:00am-4:00pm (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

1:00-7:00pm (Native Plant Sale, Old Forge Arts Center) A selection of perennial flowers and shrubs that are native to the Adirondacks will be available for sale. Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, located in Hartford, NY will bring a selection of native plants from the nursery to have for sale.

7:00pm (Presentation, Old Forge Arts Center) “Invasive Plants in the Adirondacks: Identification and Management Techniques for Public and Private Lands,” presented by Hilary Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

Wednesday, July 14
10:00am-5:00pm (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11:00am-4:00pm (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

7:30pm (Presentation, Paul Smiths, Visitor Interpretive Center) “Forest Health and Protection; Current Invasive Insects of New York,” presented by Russell Martin and Frank Curtin, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Thursday, July 15
9:00am-5:00pm (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

9:00am (Invasive Plant Paddle, Lewey Lake, Hamilton County) Join APIPP’s Aquatic Coordinator Tyler Smith to survey Lewey Lake in the heart of Hamilton County. Learn native aquatic plant identification and survey techniques. Meet at the Lewey Lake Boat Launch on Rt 30. Contact tyler_smith@tnc.org for more information.

10:00am (Activity, Lake George, Shepard Park) “Lake Invaders,” a free, family, hands-on water ecology adventure.

11:00am-4:00pm (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

3:00pm-6:00pm (Display, Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, Speculator) View invasive plant specimens, learn how to manage invasive plants, and pick up a brochure about invasive insects at the Invasive Species Information Booth. Village of Speculator Park across from the public beach.

Friday, July 16
10:00am-5:00pm (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11:00am-4:00pm (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

Saturday, July 17
10:00am-5:00pm (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

10:00am-1:00pm (Workshop, Lake George Association Office) “Aquatic Invasive Plants – Do’s and Don’ts,” with Tyler Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. This is a free, Lake-Friendly-Living workshop at the LGA.

10:30-4:30pm (Workshop, ADK Loj Dining Hall, Lake Placid) An art and ecology workshop is offered for rising 6th through 8th graders. Youth will be given the opportunity to investigate and identify invasive species and create an original work of art inspired by these “Alien Invaders in the Adirondack Park”. A certified art and environmental
educator will lead group activities to help participants get the word out about how to protect our most valuable resource. Workshop is free, donations are accepted to cover materials. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Kathryn McCallar (912) 656-1628; mccallar@gmail.com with any questions.

8:00pm (Presentation, ADK Loj, Lake Placid) “UNWANTED: Invasive species of the Adirondacks,” presented by Hilary Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. This presentation will address which invasive species are here, which ones are on their way, and what we can do to stop their spread.

Sunday, July 18
10:00am-11:30am (Invasive Plant Paddle, Sacandaga River, Hamilton County) “Paddle Against Invasives!” Learn about invasive species as you canoe or kayak the scenic Sacandaga River. Put-in at the Village of Speculator Park off Rt. 30. Bring a kayak or canoe, paddles, life vest, water, snacks, sun screen, sun glasses, and water shoes.
To register for this free event, or for more info, contact Caitlin Stewart at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District:518-548-3991or hcswcd@frontiernet.net

Photo: The Ausable River Association installed a display at the I-87 DOT High Peaks Welcome that informs anglers about cleaning gear to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Photo courtesy of the Ausable River Association. Gear on loan from Jones Outfitters.

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