Report an Infestation

The Adirondack region encompasses vast expanses of forest and waterways; far more area than can be effectively surveyed by a single organization. We need your help to keep a watchful eye out for new invasive species infestations. Detecting infestations early greatly increases the likelihood of successful elimination. Here is how you can report sightings of suspected invasive species infestations to APIPP:

Aquatic

Example of a good digital photo of a suspicious plant specimen. Photo by APIPP

Example of a good digital photo of a suspicious plant specimen. Photo by APIPP

If you suspect that you have found an aquatic invasive plant or animal infestation within the Adirondack region, we want to know about it. Please report your sighting directly to APIPP’s AIS Project Coordinator following the directions below.

How to report your sighting directly to APIPP’s AIS Project Coordinator

For aquatic invasive plants:

  1. Collect samples of the plant, including stems, leaves, and flowers if present.
  2. Take a high quality photo of the samples and include an object in the photo for scale (e.g. ruler or penny).
  3. If possible, please note on a map where you found the plant.
  4. Contact APIPP’s AIS Project Coordinator as soon as possible and submit photos and map upon request.
  5. Wrap the collected plant material in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a sealed plastic baggie.
  6. Label baggie with the lake/pond name, Town/County name, your contact information, and date.
  7. Keep the samples refrigerated until requested by APIPP’s AIS Project Coordinator.
  8. Requested samples can be mailed or brought to:

Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
c/o Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
P.O. Box 65
8 Nature Way
Keene Valley, NY 12943

For aquatic invasive animals (mollusks, fish, crustaceans, etc.):

Take a high quality photo of the specimen that includes an object in the photo for scale (e.g. ruler or penny), record date and location of the sighting (GPS coordinates are helpful but not necessary), and contact APIPP’s AIS Project Coordinator for further instruction.

Terrestrial

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If you think you have found an infestation of a terrestrial invasive plant or animal within the Adirondack region, we want to know about it. Please report your sighting directly to APIPP’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator following the directions below.

How to report your sighting directly to APIPP’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator

For terrestrial invasive plants or animals:

Please document some important information to help us identify and confirm the species and locate the site.

  1. If possible, use a global positioning system (GPS) to document the exact coordinates of the infestation.
  2. Document the driving directions or navigation route to help us find the site.
  3. If possible, take several high quality photographs of the plant/animal and infestation.
  4. Contact APIPP’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator as soon as possible and submit materials upon request.

Once the terrestrial project has identified, located, and confirmed the suspect infestation, it will be added to APIPP’s invasive species distribution database where it will be prioritized and assessed for management. New infestations of invasive animals will likely require management from other state or federal agencies. In these situations, APIPP will contact and inform the proper representatives.

Remember, please DO NOT put yourself or others in danger or trespass onto private property to gather any of this information.