Each summer, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) receives calls from landowners across the Park who want to know how to manage invasive species on their property. The most common question is, “how do I manage that ‘bamboo’?” Most often the plant in question is not bamboo, it is one of three species of knotweed that grow in the Adirondacks.
To help community members learn how to identify these destructive invasive plants, prevent their spread, and manage infestations on their property, APIPP is hosting a free virtual learning event on Thursday, July 30 at 10 am. Visit www.ADKinvasives.com/Events to RSVP.
APIPP also has a wealth of information about how to manage knotweed and other invasive plants on its website.
APIPP’s knotweed treatment efforts will expand this year in a pilot collaboration with the former Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program (RIIPP), founded by Inlet property owner, Douglas Johnson. RIIPP was previously administered by the Town of Inlet, and then by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (District). The program grew beyond the District’s boundaries and was transferred to APIPP this summer. APIPP was able to assume oversight of the program because of the assistance provided by volunteer invasive plant coordinators. The coordinators identify areas with knotweed and seek landowner permission to manage the sites. APIPP then contracts with licensed applicators to treat the plants with herbicides.