Invasive Species Awareness Week

ISACLOGO for webAdirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week
Celebrated Annually the Second Week of July

New York communities and organizations celebrated the 1st annual ISAW
July 6 – July 12, 2014.
Stay tuned for details for the 2nd annual ISAW July 12 – July 18, 2015.

2014 Governor Cuomo Proclamation

WHY    Invasive plants and animals threaten New York lakes, ponds, rivers, and forests, which are precious resources that underwrite the economy of many communities through recreation, tourism, forestry, and numerous other uses. 

WHAT    Learn about the issues surrounding invasive species (both plant and animal, aquatic and terrestrial) and about the importance of native biodiversity in New York by attending workshops, field trips, lectures, and control parties. 

WHO    Thousands of citizens of all ages across New York.

WHERE    Nature centers, natural areas, lakes, rivers, agricultural lands, parks, campgrounds, institutions of higher learning, natural history museums…

WHEN    The second week of July every year.

HOW    Plan an activity for adults or youth. Attend a lecture. Visit a display. Lend a hand during an invasive species control project. Be involved.




Great thanks to all of the 2014 participating organizations!


EVERY DAY during Awareness Week 2014

ing to the movies in Old Forge? Check out the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s (APIPP) invasive species educational ad at The Strand Theater.

Signage, Region-wide Keep an eye out for invasive species awareness messaging at various business and municipal roadside signs across the Adirondack region. Signs will include messages like, “Wash those waders! Save our Rivers!” See a sign with a message? Let us know where you saw it! Email APIPP Director, Hilary Smith,, with the sign location.

Watershed Stewardship Program, Region-wide Visit with stewards at boat launches to learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Stewards are located at Cranberry Lake
, Chateaugay Lake, 
Eighth Lake, 
First Lake (Hollywood Hills Boat Launch)
, Fish Creek Campground
, Forked Lake
, Fourth Lake
, Great Sacandaga Lake
, Lake Champlain
, Lake Eaton
 Lake Flower
, Lake Placid (state & village launches)
, Limekiln Lake
, Long Lake
, Meacham Lake
, Osgood Pond
, Rainbow Lake, 
Raquette Lake Village & Burke’s Marina
, Sacandaga Lake
, Saratoga Lake
, Schroon Lake
, Second Pond
, Seventh Lake, 
St. Regis Canoe Area, Floodwood Road – outfitters
, Stillwater Reservoir
, Tupper Lake
, Upper Saranac Lake, 
Upper St. Regis Lake
 and White Lake

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Ask-An-Expert, Lake George Visitors Center) Ask-An-Invasive-Species-Expert at the Lake George Visitor Center and learn about invasive species, including aquatic animal invaders such as the Asian clam, spiny water flea and Chinese mystery snail. View samples, learn about signs of infestations and get up-to-date on regulations. Sponsored by the Lake George Association

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Display, Paul Smith’s College VIC) Visit the Paul Smith’s College VIC to learn about invasive species identification, management and ways to stop their spread. Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program and Paul Smith’s VIC

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Invasive Species Shaped Cookies; July 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th, Cranberry Lake; Long Lake and Tupper Lake State Boat Launches)Hungry? Aquatic invasive species shaped cookies will be available as long as supplies last at the Cranberry Lake, Tupper Lake and Long Lake boat launches to help spread awareness about invasive species. Special appearances by Milfoil Man! Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program

DAILY SCHEDULE during Awareness Week 2014

Saturday, July 5 (pre-Awareness Week events)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Display, Minerva Day, Olmstedville)
An information table and specimens of problematic invasive plants will be on display. Sponsored by Mike Corey, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program volunteer

8 a.m. / 9 a.m. (Firecracker 5/10K, Cranberry Lake) Get ready to run from invasive species! The Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewards will be present at the Firecracker 5/10K run and walk at Cranberry Lake. 8am registration. 9am run. Sponsored by the Cranberry Lake Yacht Club

Sunday, July 6
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Ask-an-Expert, Farmers’ Market, Keene) Visit with an Adirondack Watershed Institute steward who will staff an aquatic invasive species display and answer questions. Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program

Monday, July 7
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Invasive Plant Paddle, Fish Creek Pond Campground) Join Upper Saranac Foundation Lake Manager, Guy Middleton, for a paddle at Fish Creek to increase awareness of invasive species and its potential negative impact on our lakes. View managed and unmanaged beds of Eurasian watermilfoil. Free; canoes provided; pre-registration required by July 4. or 518 796-1052. Sponsored by Upper Saranac Lake Foundation, Mac’s Canoe Livery, Department of Environmental Conservation and Aquatic Invasive Management

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Japanese Knotweed Training, Bolton Town Hall) Come help the Town of Bolton map out infestations of Japanese knotweed. Participants will be trained to identify knotweed and how to map the locations into iMapInvasives. Please pre-register here For more information, contact Jodi Connally at 518-644-2444
 or Sponsored by Town of Bolton and iMapinvasives

Tuesday, July 8
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Forest Pest Workshop, Indian Lake Ski Hut, Indian Lake)
Know your trees; know the tree-killing pests; know what to do about it. Learn about the biology, impacts, costs and management strategies for hemlock and balsam woolly adelgid. 518-548-3991 or Sponsored by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Wednesday, July 9
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (AIS Management Group Paddle) Join two of the Adirondack Watershed Institute’s Stewards for an educational paddle at Follensby Clear Pond. This event will focus on the ecological challenges presented by aquatic invasive species, identification of some common aquatic invasive plants and the management efforts currently being implemented to control these invasive plants. Part of the day will be spent observing and hearing from the Adirondack Watershed Institute’s management team as they hand harvest Eurasian water-milfoil. Meet at Follensby Clear Pond canoe launch. Please bring your own canoe or kayak and be prepared for 2-3 hours out on the water as well as a short carry. RSVP Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute

9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Ask-an-Expert, Farmers’ Market, Lake Placid Center for the Arts) Visit with an Adirondack Watershed Institute steward who will staff an aquatic invasive species display and answer questions. Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program

Friday, July 11
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Interpretive Walk, Paul Smith’s VIC) Join in an interpretive walk led by an Adirondack Watershed Institute Steward. Preregistration is not required; calling ahead is appreciated. 518-327-6241. Free for “Friends of the VIC” and $10 for non-members. Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program and Paul Smith’s VIC

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Ask-An-Expert, Farmers’ Market, Old Forge) Bring terrestrial or aquatic plants for identification and ask questions about invasive species control and management. Resident experts will be on hand. Information for landowners, boaters and gardeners will be available. Sponsored by CAP-21

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Ask-An-Expert, Farmers’ Market, Paul Smith’s VIC) Learn about invasive species threats and opportunities for action in the Adirondack region. Paul Smith’s College Boat Launch Stewards will be on hand to answer questions. There will be informational displays with pictures, samples of invasive species and brochures. Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program

Saturday, July 12
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ask-An-Expert, Farmers’ Market, Plattsburgh) The Master Gardeners will have invasive species displays, samples and handouts that feature invasive species to be on the lookout for. Sponsored by Clinton County Cornell Cooperative Extension

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Interpretive Paddle, Paul Smith’s VIC) Join an Adirondack Watershed Institute Steward on an interpretive paddle. Preregistration is required. 518-327-6241. $20 per adult and $15 for “Friends of the VIC.” Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program and Paul Smith’s VIC