Monday, June 28, 2021

Become a lake protector through Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

APPIP lake protectorsAquatic invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels, can clog lakes, outcompete native wildlife, and harm ecosystems. Identifying these species early, before populations grow out of control, is essential for protecting the lakes we love from the negative impacts of invasive species. The state legislature recently passed a law that makes the New York State Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Act permanent and allows pilot programs in the Adirondacks to further efforts to prevent invasive species. You can do your part by always cleaning, draining and drying your boat, fishing gear and sports equipment when moving from one waterbody to another.

And as an Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) Lake Protector, you can do more! Citizen scientists have surveyed over 400 lakes throughout the Adirondacks for invasives species in order to support critical early detection efforts. Lake Protector volunteers will learn how to identify, survey and record data about aquatic invasive plants. Once trained, volunteers can adopt an Adirondack lake or other waterbody to survey between July and September. APIPP provides all the training and resources you need to be part of this extraordinary network.

A two-part training will be held on June 30. The training will give volunteers the skills and resources they need to get involved in important Adirondack conservation while having fun out on the water this summer. Live participation in these two trainings is not necessary to participate in APIPP’s Lake Protector program. Each session will be recorded, and you can watch them at your leisure before signing up to adopt a lake. However, please RSVP to the June 30 event even if you will not attend on that date to receive information about when webinar recordings are available and to be connected with APIPP’s volunteer coordinators.  


Part 1: Aquatic Invasive Species Identification 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30th, 9:00 – 10:00 am




Part 2: Citizen Science Survey Methods – the Who, Where, Why, What, & How

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30th, 10:30 – 12:00 pm




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4 Responses

  1. Todd Miller says:

    What does APIPP stand for? An acronym should be spelled out before being used. pretty basic.

  2. Elizabeth Dorick says:

    I signed up to watch at a later date; if I decide to attend via zoom live can I do that?

    • Hi Elizabeth, yes you can! Please RSVP to stay in the loop and you’ll get all the follow up information you need sent directly to you to get started monitoring your lake this summer.

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