The Adirondacks – A Rare Opportunity for Success

Raquette RiverThe forests and waters of the Adirondack region are the primary draw for millions of visitors annually. They anchor our economy, filter our air, and provide wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Invasive plants and animals put these resources at risk, compromising conservation efforts, agricultural and forest productivity, human health and safety, property values, recreation and tourism, and more. Because of its remarkable history of protection and conservation, including the creation of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park, the Adirondack landscape provides a rare opportunity to be successful in invasive species prevention and management.

Elevation in the Adirondacks varies from near sea level to 5,344 feet. The varied habitats that result sustain a wide variety of plants and animals—from Bicknell’s thrush to land-locked salmon; pine pinion moth to Eastern timber rattlesnake; palm warbler to bearberry willow.

The Adirondacks is one of the few places in the Northeast with more free-flowing than dammed rivers and streams; more intact than fragmented forests. It is a crossroads where ecosystems more common to the north (boreal bogs) meet others more common to the south (oak-hickory forests). It boasts more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and nearly 600,000 acres of wetlands.  

The Adirondacks is also a global conservation model — a place where human communities live side by side with protected natural areas.

The partners of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program collaborate year-round to stop the spread of invasive species and mitigate their impacts in order to protect these precious natural resources and the human communities they support.