Emerald Ash Borer Moving In; “Trees in Trouble” Webinar Recording; Watch Out for Wild Parsnip; Join the Lake Protectors

Emerald Ash Borer Moving In; “Trees in Trouble” Webinar Recording; Watch Out for Wild Parsnip; Join the Lake Protectors

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest in invasive species in the Adirondacks. There are many ways to get involved this summer. Check out these stories and opportunities below.

  • Help monitor for emerald ash borer.
  • Listen to the “Trees in Trouble” webinar recording.
  • Take action to stop the spread of wild parsnip.
  • Join our Lake Protector network and help survey for invasives species on your favorite waterbody.

New Infestation of Emerald Ash Borer Found in Western Warren County

Emerald ash borer (EAB) was first found in the Adirondack Park in 2020. It was found by the Department of Transportation at a Schroon River boat launch. An observant landowner recently reported EAB on the western edge of Warren County, and the finding was confirmed by APIPP.

Help APIPP track the location of EAB! If you have spotted ash trees in the Adirondacks with signs of possible infestation by EAB, please take a few photos and report your findings to iMapInvasives or send your photos to APIPP for confirmation. Basic information about EAB can be found on our website. You can click here to access the recording of the detailed EAB webinar APIPP hosted in January.

“Trees in Trouble” Webinar Recording Available

EAB is just one forest pest with the potential to damage Adirondack forests. To learn more about forest pests that threaten the Adirondacks, watch the recording of APIPP’s July “Trees in Trouble” talk presented by Dr. Gary Lovett of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Watch Out for Wild Parsnip !

Wild parsnip is in bloom. Watch out for this plant. It often grows along roadsides, and can also be found in open fields and lawns. The sap of this plant can cause painful burning of the skin. Learn more about wild parsnip with this Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fact sheet. Wild parsnip is widespread across many regions of New York State and it is not possible to eradicate this plant. Localized control efforts can be effective though; so, if you are interested in removing wild parsnip on your own property, review the DEC fact sheet for management tips. If you are working near this plant, please be sure to wear long sleeves, pants and gloves, and to avoid any contact with the sap of the plant!

Sign Up as an APIPP Lake Protector Volunteer

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) also threaten the Adirondacks. You can join our Lake Protector network and help survey for AIS. There is still time to sign up to survey your favorite waterbody on our interactive Adirondack map. All of the materials you need to get started are available on our website. If you want an introduction and help getting started, please reach out to Brian Greene (brian.greene@tnc.org). We hope to see you out on the water this summer.

Thank you for all you do to help prevent the spread of invasive species.