Happy 2023! The new year is off to a busy start. Please mark your calendar for the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) training and Forest Pest Hunter 2023 kick-off on January 24, and the February 8 and 9 Partner Roundtables.
Later in February, we’ll host a webinar with Curt Stager from Paul Smith’s College and APIPP’s Brian Greene. The webinar will focus on Stager’s research on climate change, how milder winters could impact Adirondack freshwater ecosystems, and how climate change could affect the movement of invasive species to our region.
If you are planning any construction projects for the spring or summer, be sure to check out our new Fact Sheet on moving topsoil and fill. If you have yet to see the “Field Guide to Terrestrial Invasive Species of the Adirondacks,” released in December, be sure to check it out too.
Lastly, we are recruiting for our summer seasonal team. Please forward the information below on to qualified candidates. The application process closes on January 30.
Adirondack Forest Pest Hunters 2023 HWA Survey Season Kicks Off on January 24 at 10:00am
Help survey for HWA this winter. The survey season kicks off on January 24, 2023, with a Zoom webinar from 10:00am-11:30am. The webinar is a great opportunity to learn about HWA and how you can help survey for this invasive insect. Surveys from volunteers provide critical information for determining how far HWA has spread. This workshop will cover basic identification, survey techniques, and how to sign up for a trail to survey. Register here.
This is a joint program sponsored by APIPP, Adirondack Mountain Club, Capital Region PRISM, Lake George Land Conservancy, NYS iMapInvasives, NYS Hemlock Initiative, AuSable River Association, and Champlain Area Trails.
February 8: Aquatic Invasive Species Partner Roundtable—10:00am-11:30am
February 9: Terrestrial Invasive Species Partner Roundtable—10:00am-11:30am
It is hard for partners to stay connected during the winter, so we have set aside two mornings in February for partners to gather virtually to talk about plans for 2023. This is a great time to share your plans and ideas and to hear from others across the region. Mark your calendar now and register on our website for the February 8 Aquatic Partner Roundtable, the February 9 Terrestrial Partner Roundtable, or both!
It is easy to inadvertently transport invasive species when moving topsoil and fill for construction projects. For example, it is likely that the infestation of Japanese stiltgrass found in the Adirondacks in 2021 (a new species to the region) was introduced via contaminated fill. Check out our new fact sheet for best management practices for moving topsoil and fill.
If you missed the announcement about our new “Field Guide to Terrestrial Invasive Species of the Adirondacks,” our website has a digital version and information about ordering up to 10 copies free of charge.
APIPP Is Hiring For Summer 2023
APIPP Seasonal Forest Pest Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will help address the threat of invasive species on the resiliency of Adirondack forests. The Research Assistant conducts invasive species monitoring, collects and analyzes data, provides education about invasive species, and may help manage invasive species throughout the Adirondack region. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in forestry or natural resource management and experience with forest mensuration techniques are encouraged to apply. This is a 20-week, full-time position. The start date is on or about May 15, 2023. To apply for job ID 52704, submit your materials online at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 30, 2023.
APIPP Adirondack Invasive Species Management Steward
The Invasive Species Management Steward will help reduce the human introduction of invasive species into the Adirondack Park and reduce the spread of invasive species throughout the region. The Management Steward conducts invasive species surveys, collects and analyzes data, provides education about invasive species, and manages invasive species at high-use recreation areas such as campgrounds and trailheads. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree and experience in plant identification and invasive species prevention or management are encouraged to apply. This is a 16-week, full-time, seasonal position for the summer of 2023. The start date is on or about May 15, 2023. To apply for job ID 52703, submit your materials online at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 30, 2023.
APIPP Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Monitoring Seasonal Assistant
The Adirondack AIS Monitoring Assistant will help reduce the threat of AIS to the Adirondack region. The AIS Monitoring Assistant conducts AIS surveys by boat and from land, collects and analyzes data, provides education about invasive species, and helps manage AIS such as European frog-bit and water chestnut. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree and experience working in aquatic invasive species prevention or management are encouraged to apply. This is a 20-week, full-time, seasonal position for the summer of 2023. The start date is on or about May 15, 2023. To apply for job ID 52705, submit your materials online at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 30, 2023.
I hope your year is off to a good start! I hope to see you at one of our January or February programs.