History

Phrag Whack Rt 86

Many hands make light work. Since 1998, APIPP has promoted regional coordination. Here, state agencies, not-for-profits, and volunteers team up to control invasive Phragmites australis in a wetland.

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:

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.