The boating season may have unofficially ended Labor Day weekend, but New York State’s Watercraft Inspection Steward program continues at select locations. To date, this year’s boat stewards have inspected more than 330,000 boats, talked with hundreds of thousands of water recreationists, and intercepted more than 18,000 aquatic plant and animal hitchhikers (including one very important finding of the infamous invasive plant hydrilla!).
When you’re enjoying the water this fall, please continue to support our stewards’ good work and protect NY’s waters by remembering to clean, drain, and dry your watercraft.
The Adirondack Mountain Club has been leading monitoring efforts in the Adirondacks, in partnership with DEC and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. A total of 15 backcountry surveys have been completed this year. The most recent surveys focused on waters in the Lake George Wilderness Area and, luckily, found no invasive species!
Assessing the Risk of Invasive Introductions at Trailheads in the Adirondack Park (NYISRI) – October 28 at 11 a.m. – Join the NY Invasive Species Research Institute for a presentation by Jim Duncan, Director of the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, as he speaks on invasive plant introductions in the Adirondacks. Can’t make this one or another NYISRI webinar? Webinar recordings are available on their YouTube channel. Check it out to see what other hot topics they’ve covered recently.
Photo by the Adirondack Watershed Institute