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Snapshots from Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015

The second annual statewide Invasive Species Awareness Week took place across New York July 12-18. The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and its partners hosted 15 special events within the Park in honor of the week. Educational trainings, games, canoe trips, and more were all in the lineup as more than 150 participants came out to celebrate the occasion.

The week kicked off with the second Invasive Plant Management Training for Landowners of the summer, this time at the Warrensburg Town Court. Participants ranging from landowners to preserve caretakers learned a variety of techniques for managing the different types of common invasive plants they encounter daily.

A steward from the Paul Smith's AWI provides a boat wash demonstration at the Second Pond ribbon cutting ceremony.

A steward from the Paul Smith’s AWI provides a boat wash demonstration at the Second Pond ribbon cutting ceremony.

On Tuesday morning, staff from APIPP, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute, Adirondack Park Agency, as well as local officials and reporters gathered at the Second Pond boat launch to celebrate the Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Pilot Program with a ribbon cutting. The event marked the opening of twelve new boat wash decontamination stations throughout the Park to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Partners and officials celebrated the official opening of the 12 new boat decontamination stations across the Park with a ribbon cutting at Second Pond. (Photo Credit: Jake Sporn)

Partners and officials celebrated the official opening of the 12 new boat decontamination stations across the Park with a ribbon cutting at Second Pond. (Photo Credit: Jake Sporn)

Ask-an-Invasive-Species-Expert booths were stationed in Old Forge and Keeseville throughout the week. Residents brought suspicious plants to be identified and learned tips for preventing and managing invasive species in their hometowns.

The week concluded with the Gardening and Landscaping with Native and Non-Invasive Plant Alternatives workshop at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. Gardeners, garden club members, and environmental enthusiasts gathered for presentations from local experts as they shared the benefits of choosing native plant species for gardening and landscaping needs. After an introduction from APIPP’s Brendan Quirion on the threats associated with invasive species, Leslie Surprenant of the Department of Environmental Conservation explained New York’s new regulations established by the DEC to prohibit and regulate the sale of invasive plants. She also brought with her Governor Cuomo’s official proclamation commemorating the second annual Invasive Species Awareness Week; Brendan accepted it on behalf of all of the partners, business owners, landowners and town officials involved in this important effort. Local nursery owner Emily DeBolt of Fiddlehead Creek discussed a wide array of native alternatives to popular invasive selections and brought along native flower examples to share. Heather Coffin of East Branch Organics and Nan Paternotte of the Adirondack Garden Club concluded the event by sharing pictures of successful plantings of native and non-invasive plants in Adirondack gardens. Participants collected a wide array of educational materials and were given the opportunity to purchase native plants on site after the presentation.

Paul Smith's Adirondack Watershed Institute and APIPP teamed up to speak with visitors at the Old Forge farmers market on Friday.

Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute and APIPP teamed up to speak with visitors at the Old Forge farmers market on Friday.

While Invasive Species Awareness Week happens only once a year, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program and its partners are continuously working against invasive species. Be sure to check out our upcoming events to see how you can join the fight all year long!

A big thank you to all of our participants from Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015!

 

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