It was great to see so many of you this week during our aquatic and terrestrial invasive species roundtables. Our thanks to everyone who attended. Many connections were made and many opportunities for collaboration were discussed. APIPP will incorporate some of the ideas into our 2021 workplan. Meeting notes will be posted on our webiste next week. Mark your calendar for our April 29 Partner Meeting from 9:30am -12:00pm.
For mid-winter, there is a lot going on! See below for updates on several invasive pests and upcoming learning opportunities, a link to the final law allowing glyphostate use on state land under certain circumstances, and seasonal employement opportunities.
Spotted Lantern Fly: State Seeking Volunteer Monitors and Webinar February 23
New York State (NYS) is seeking volunteers for two invasive species: spotted lantern fly (SLF) and tree-of-heaven (TOH). SLF is an invasive pest from Asia that feeds on a variety of plants including apples, grapes, hops, and maple trees, posing a severe threat to NY forests and agriculture. One potential pathway for the spread of SLF is its preferred host plant, TOH. You can help protect NY's agriculture and forests by knowing what to look for and how to report it to iMapInvasives (see a joint press release from several state agencies). Attend the first webinar to learn more about SLF, TOH, and how you can participate in this effort. Visit www.nyimapinvasives.org/slf for more information and to claim a grid square on the map to look for these species out in the field and report your findings to iMapInvasives.
Webinar: Identifying & Reporting Spotted Lanternfly and Tree-of-Heaven with NY iMapInvasives and NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Tuesday, February 23, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: APIPP and Partners Seeking Volunteer Monitors and Webinars February 25 and March 3
APIPP is teaming up with the NYS Hemlock Inititaive, Adirondack Mountain Club, Lake George Land Conservancy and the Capital Region PRISM to provide training on hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and to launch a late-winter, citizen-science effort to scout for HWA. For NYSDEC’s most recent update on HWA, click here.
Webinar PART 1: Take Action Against HWA – Impacts and Identification
This webinar will cover hemlock and HWA identification, the adelgid’s lifecycle, and treatment options. There will also be an update on the Lake George infestations.
Thursday, February 25, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Webinar Part 2: Take Action Against HWA – Citizen Science
This webinar is designed for individuals who want to sign up to survey specific locations for HWA between March 3 and April 15.
Wednesday, March 3, 10:00am – 11:00am
Emerald Ash Borer: Webinar Recording Available
APIPP and the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a fantastic webinar on managing ash in the wake of recent findings of emerald ash borer in the Adirondack Park. You can watch the recorded webinar by clicking here.
Glyphosate Banned on State Land Effective December 31, 2021 – Exception for Habitat and Invasive Species Management
On January 28, Governor Cuomo signed an amendment to the law banning the use of glyphosate on state law to allow exceptions for habitat and invasive species management. The text of the new law can be found here.
Seasonal Employment Opportunities at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI)
TNC Seeks Seasonal Conservation Land Steward
Conservation Land Stewards assist with hands-on management of TNC’s nature preserves and conservation easements. Conservation Land Stewards work closely with TNC stewardship team members and may assist partner organizations as needed. The expected start date is May 10, 2021, with an anticipated end date of October 1, 2021. To learn more about the position and how to apply, click here and search for job ID #49324. Applications must be made online no later than 11:59pm EST on February 21, 2021.
AWI Boat Stewards
AWI is hiring over 100 positions for summer 2021. There are Watershed Steward and Decontamination Technician positions available in more than 60 locations in the Adirondacks. Applicants from all professional and educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply; AWI’s seasonal employees include students, recent graduates, teachers, retirees, and year-around and summer residents. For more information and to apply click here.
Thank you for all you do to help control invasive species in the Adirondacks,