The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s (APIPP’s) founding partners include the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), NYS Adirondack Park Agency, and NYS Department of Transportation. The cooperating partner list has since expanded to include Paul Smith’s College, Lake Champlain Basin Program, County Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, River and Watershed Associations and Lake Associations, comprising more than 30 organizations representing environmental, academic, advocacy, municipal, industry, and resident groups.
APIPP’s history features many firsts for the Adirondacks and New York State, including:
- The launch of a citizen scientist project to survey lakes for aquatic invasive species in 2002,
- Offering free invasive plant identification training sessions beginning in 2003,
- Conducting a regional assessment of the distribution of terrestrial invasive plants in 2006,
- Becoming the first NY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) in 2008,
- Developing two regional databases to store and track invasive species distribution information,
- Piloting the terrestrial rapid response team approach starting in 2011,
- Establishing Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week, in 2012,
- Commissioning “The Actual and Potential Economic Impact of Invasive Species in the Adirondacks” in 2014,
- Piloting the aquatic rapid response team approach starting in 2015,
- Piloting the Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pilot Program starting in 2015,
- Providing scientific information for recent state and local regulations and laws,
- and much more!
APIPP is hosted by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and receives its funding from New York’s Environmental Protection Fund, administered by DEC. The program served as a model for seven other PRISMs now established across the state.