Monday, July 11, 2011

This Week Devoted to Combating Adirondack Invasives

Advocates of combating invasive species in the Adirondacks are hoping local residents and visitors will become familiar with invasive species at activities planned for the 6th annual Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 10-16.

Invasives Awareness Week provides an opportunity for communities to highlight the threats of invasive plants and animals, ways to prevent their spread and management options. Interpretive walks and paddles, identification support, invasive species talks, workshops for all ages and more are planned throughout the Adirondacks. The schedule of events is posted online. Events are free, but preregistration may be requested for certain events.
Invasive species are a growing threat in the Adirondacks, making their early detection increasingly important to combating their spread. Insects like emerald ash borer hitch rides in firewood, and plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil cling to watercraft, getting free rides to Adirondack waters. If left to spread, these non-native invasive species can cause irreparable harm to Adirondack woods and waterways. At least 80 waters in the Adirondack Park have one or more aquatic invasive species, but more than 220 waters recently surveyed remain free of invasives.

Call for Citizen Scientists

Citizens scientists can be part of the solution by helping to track sightings and upload the information to a new statewide database using iMapInvasives. Training will be offered July 13 at Paul Smith’s College, Pickett Hall, Room 110. All interested groups, from land managers to the general public, are encouraged to attend to help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations. Training is required to enter data.

Basic data entry, which is ideal for volunteer and educational groups, will take place from 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, followed by a quick tutorial on training others to use the database. Advanced data entry, which includes online mapping, detailed assessments and treatment data, will take place from 1:15 PM to 3:00 PM (basic training is a prerequisite).

RSVP to Heidi Krahling at [email protected] with “APIPP iMap Training” in the subject heading or contact 518-408-0523 for more information.

Adirondack Almanack regularly covers the issue of invasive species in the Adirondacks [link].

Illustration: In 2010, boats coming to Lake George had previously been in 112 different waterbodies in 13 different states within 2 weeks prior to launching at Lake George. Some locations were not state specific such as the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Champlain, Great Lakes, and various rivers. Courtesy Lake George Association.

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