Invasive Species Awareness Week June 7-13th 2020
Members and Friends, you may be interested in some training that is coming up, run by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). APIPP is one of many organizations offering free, online learning as part of a state-wide Invasive Species Awareness Week. Below are descriptions of the two training sessions available through APIPP. For further offerings, check out even more workshops and week-long family activities at www.NYISAW.org/Events
- Learn About the Invasive Species that Threaten Our Lands:
Join APIPP’s Conservation and Geographic Information System Analyst, Zachary Simek, for an interactive online workshop to learn how to identify the invasive plants and animals impacting Adirondack forests, meadows, and woodlands. This two-hour virtual training provides participants with an introduction to the biology and identification of common terrestrial invasive species. Attendees will also learn about New York’s iMapInvasives database and how to report occurrences. Volunteers are essential to helping APIPP better understand the distribution of terrestrial invasive species in backcountry areas of the Adirondacks.
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 10am-12pm
RSVP: To register, please complete this online form online here: bit.ly/ADKTerrestrial
- Learn About the Invasive Species that Threaten Our Waters:
Join APIPP’s Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator, Erin Vennie-Vollrath, and guest speaker, Larry Eichler from the Darrin Fresh Water Institute in Bolton Landing, for an interactive online workshop on how to identify aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, and spiny waterflea. The speakers will also demonstrate how to perform simple surveys to detect their presence in a waterbody. To-date, over 800 citizens have volunteered to survey more than 420 Adirondack waterbodies. Their participation each year has established baseline distribution information for the region which helps guide APIPP’s prevention and management efforts. Learn how you can help.
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 10am-12pm
RSVP: To register, please complete this online form here: bit.ly/ADKAquatics
What is the most common way for invasive plants to spread along trails to backcountry hiking areas? On our shoes! Tiny seeds often travel in soil found on the bottom of our hiking boots and gear. Using something as simple as a boot brush station to clean footwear before and after a hike can help control the spread of invasive species like garlic mustard that can quickly outcompete native species, shifting the balance of woodland ecosystems.
This month, APIPP is teaming up with The Nature Conservancy’s preserve staff to design and install boot brush stations at the Boquet River Nature Preserve in Willsboro, NY. At a time when hikers are stepping aside to allow for safe social distancing on trails, being aware of what we carry into the woods is more important than ever. There are more than 15 invasive species at the Preserve and your efforts can help avoid spreading these plants to other areas of the Adirondacks.
APIPP hopes similar boot brush stations can be installed across the Adirondacks to help slow the spread of invasive species along popular recreation spots and campgrounds. To help make this possible, our team is offering design assistance, templates, and assembly instructions to bring more boot brush stations to a trailhead near you.
Resources for land managers, land trusts, and individuals will be available for free download at www.ADKinvasives.com
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