Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week Begins

invasive_curveGroups across the Adirondack region are sponsoring fun and educational activities this week through Saturday for the 8th annual Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week. The week provides an opportunity for communities to highlight the threats of invasive plants and animals and for residents and visitors to learn ways to prevent and manage invasive species spread.

This year’s line-up of public events includes an array of interactive activities including an invasive plant paddle on Upper Saranac Lake; a forest pest identification workshop in Bolton Landing; a terrestrial invasive plant management training for landowners in Wanakena; a garlic mustard control event in Old Forge; a Floating Classroom opportunity on Lake George; interpretive displays at the Paul Smiths VIC and Lake George Visitors Center, and more.

Businesses and local governments are cooperating by posting invasive species messages, such as “Clean Your Boat; Protect Our Lakes!” on signs at various locations throughout the region. Boat launch stewards also are spreading the word about aquatic invasive species and how to stop their spread.

Invading plants and animals are on the move, and each day brings with it opportunities for new invasions. Each day also brings with it important opportunities to stop their spread. Insects like emerald ash borer hitch rides in firewood, and plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil cling to watercraft, getting free rides to new places.  If left unchecked, non-native invasive species cause irreparable harm when introduced into Adirondack woods and waterways.

Many organizations are working together throughout the Adirondacks to slow the spread of invasive species. Take time during Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week to attend one of the events occurring across the region and learn about what is being done and how you can help.

Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week is coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, a partnership program whose mission is to protect the region from the negative impacts of non-native invasive species. Find out more online at www.adkinvasives.com.

Events are free, but pre-registration may be requested. Details and contact information for this week’s activities are posted online at http://www.adkinvasives.com/InvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek.html.


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