Hilary Smith, former Director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, has been awarded the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2014 Partnership Appreciation Award. Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Elizabeth Mangle and Educator Caitlin Stewart presented Smith with a framed certificate during a surprise going-away party on September 15th. “Her partnership with the District has protected Hamilton County’s lands and waters from invasive species that can harm the environment, public health, and economy,” Stewart told the Adirondack Almanack.
“For 13 years, Hilary assisted our staff members with invasive species initiatives including spread prevention, early detection and rapid response, and educational outreach,” Stewart said. “She hosted many APIPP volunteer survey workshops for aquatic invasive plants in Hamilton County. Fifth and sixth grade students learned about invasive species from her presentations at Conservation Field Day events.”
In presenting the award, Mangle described Smith’s passion and energy as contagious and noted her eagerness to share her knowledge about invasives.
Stewart thanked Smith for teaching her identification, survey methods, and management techniques for invasive species. “Hilary inspired me to stomp out invaders and continue the fight even when invasive species issues are sometimes laden with doom and gloom,” she said.
Hilary Smith recently took a position with the United States Department of Interior as invasive species coordinator. Brendan Quirion has assumed the role of Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s Program Coordinator.
Photo: Hilary Smith (center) receives the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2014 Partnership Appreciation Award from Manager Elizabeth Mangle (left) and Educator Caitlin Stewart (right).