2013 Japanese Knotweed Summit

Japanese Knotweed Management Summit
Taking Action in the Adirondacks
A How-To Workshop for
Land Managers, Transportation Professionals and
Community Leaders

Monday, August 5, 2013
Tannery Pond Community Center
North Creek, NY
10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Organized by the
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

The Issue

Japanese KnotweedJapanese knotweed is one of the most detrimental and difficult to control invasive plants in New York, and it is spreading in the Adirondack region.  It invades river and stream banks, affecting native plants, fish and wildlife.  Dense infestations clog drainage ditches and obscure visibility along roadways. Unwanted populations are also a nuisance to landowners.  Japanese knotweed is easily spread by small fragments that can quickly establish thick stands, and improper management can make infestations worse.

The Summit

Experts gathered from across the region to take action to combat the spread of this troublesome invader.  The Summit featured presentations on the distribution of Japanese knotweed and status of management efforts in the Adirondack region, planning considerations, control options, permitting, case studies from public and private lands, community-based control programs, prevention measures and more.  An on-site demonstration of management techniques also was offered. The Summit goals were to

  • provide a forum for discussing the status of Japanese knotweed management in the Adirondack region,
  • provide technical resources for communities and highway departments managing knotweed,
  • showcase lessons learned to improve prevention and management efforts
  • inspire local action to mitigate the spread of Japanese knotweed

Land managers, transportation professionals, community leaders, industry professionals, state and local government staff, not-for-profit organizations and landowners were all encouraged to attend.

The Program

Final Program

Speaker Presentations

  • Brendan Quirion, 1 – Japanese Knotweed Overview: Problem in the Adirondacks, Pathways of Spread, & Program Progress
  • Paul Rischmiller – Integrated Pest Management
  • Brendan Quirion, 2 – Japanese Knotweed Planning & Treatment Options
  • Joe Lentz– Taking Action in the Adirondacks (products and new technology)
  • John Bennett – NYSDEC Pest Management
  • Mark Rooks – Permitting for Pesticide Use Near Wetlands
  • Ed Frantz – Japanese Knotweed/Transportation Best Practices and Transportation Control Efforts in the Park
  • Douglas Johnson – Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program (RIIPP)
  • Rob Williams– Management of Japanese Knotweed on the Salmon River & within the Salmon River Estuary
  • Brian Colleran – Growth and Control of Flood-dispersed Japanese Knotweed in the Wake of Tropical Storm Irene

Herbicide Recertification Credits Available

Certified applicators were eligible to receive five herbicide recertification credits each in Categories 2, 3a, 6a, 9 and 10.

The Summit was FREE to attend.

The Summit was FREE to attend, but participants were asked to RSVP by Monday, July 22nd so that organizers could plan accordingly for seating, supporting materials and refreshments.

Directions and Parking

The Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek. Parking is on left of the Town Hall, which is across the street from the Community Center. Please plan on carpooling if possible.

Thank you for attending the Summit!

Summit planners included representatives from the
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management), Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program, and Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board.
Refreshments and lunch were generously supported by the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith’s College.
Catering was by Wevertown Country Store.