To reduce the spread of invasive species, APIPP works to understand how non-native plants and animals are introduced to the Adirondacks in the first place. By breaking down pathways to spread, we can manage infestations before growing populations disrupt local ecosystems and economies. Many pathways are related to human activities - from trade, to transportation, to tourism, and even the pet trade! Significant pathways related to invasive species spread in the APIPP PRISM are:
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (PLANTS & ANIMALS)
Overland transport of recreational boating and fishing equipment as well as human-assisted movement of live fish and baitfish;
TERRESTRIAL INVASIVE SPECIES (PLANTS)
Moving and using fill, gravel, compost, mulch and other construction materials contaminated with invasive plants/seeds; The sale and use of non-native ornamental plants in horticultural and agricultural settings; and the human-assisted spread of seeds and plant parts on footwear, clothing, vehicles, and gear in outdoor recreation;
TERRESTRIAL INVASIVE SPECIES (FOREST PESTS & PATHOGENS)
Moving untreated firewood, raw timber logs, and out-of-region sources of trees and shrubs in landscaping, restoration, and nursery plantings.