The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program kicks-off Invasive Species Awareness Week 2019 with official Weed Wrangle®
Free public events help protect the Adirondacks from the top environmental threat - invasive plants, animals and insects
The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and the Adirondack Garden Club will host New York’s first official Weed Wrangle® on Tuesday, July 9, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Boquet River Nature Preserve in the Town of Willsboro. The event kicks off the region’s participation in Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), a statewide campaign to raise awareness of invasive species and what anyone can do to help prevent their spread and protect the places they love. This year’s theme is Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report and promotes use of a recently updated citizen-science mapping app. for invasive species – iMapInvasives (www.nyimapinvasives.org).
“These free events offer our community and partners a chance to learn more about the invasive plants, animals, and insects impacting the Adirondacks. They’ll learn how to identify them, why it is important to manage them, and gain best practices on surveying, reporting, and removal techniques,” said Zack Simek, terrestrial project coordinator. “Participants can apply what they will learn on their own properties and during every future outdoor adventure.”
The week’s events are geared towards anyone who loves spending time in the outdoors and may come in contact with invasive species – from property owners to hikers, anglers, and canoers, to landscapers, and state and county highway department employees.
This year’s lineup of events bolsters the overall mission of ISAW to engage and empower communities to take action in their own lives to address invasive species. Featured events in the Adirondack region include:
- Tuesday, July 9 – Weed Wrangle® at Boquet River Nature Preserve, Willsboro
- Wednesday, July 10 – Terrestrial Invasive Plant Identification and Survey Training at Point Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh
- Thursday, July 11 – Training for Backcountry Paddlers, Heart Lake Program Center, Lake Placid
- Friday, July 12 – Best Management Practices for Roadside Invasive Species, NYSDOT, Plattsburgh
Weed Wrangle® is a one-day, volunteer event focused on invasive plant removal that is growing in popularity across the country. APIPP’s Zack Simek and members of the Adirondack Garden Club will teach participants how to identify and control common terrestrial invasive plants such as bush honeysuckle and Japanese barberry. Participants are asked to arrive at the Boquet River Nature Preserve in Willsboro by 9:00 am for event orientation and training and are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing (long sleeves and pants). The rest of the morning will be spent removing any invasive plants discovered from the preserve. Water and light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of APIPP.
Following the event, participants can relax and enjoy all the Boquet River Nature Preserve has to offer. The preserve features 120-acres of floodplain and upland forest, with more than a half-mile of shoreline on the lower Boquet River. Visitors can use the 1.15-mile smooth, wheelchair-accessible path for hiking and walking. Fishing, birdwatching, and photography are also popular activities on the property.
Invasive species are not native to the ecosystem under consideration and cause harm to the environment and human health and put economically important industries such as farming, forestry, and tourism at risk. According to a 2014 report commissioned by APIPP entitled ‘The Actual and Potential Economic Impact of Invasive Species on the Adirondack Park: A Preliminary Assessment,’ the potential direct economic impact of just eight invasive species, if allowed to spread throughout the Adirondacks, could be between $51 and $56 million annually. Nationally, economic impacts are estimated to be $100 to $150 billion annually.
Visit stoptheinvasionny.com for a full calendar of events and to register for Invasive Species Awareness Week events in the Adirondacks or throughout New York State. You can also contact APIPP online or call them at 518-576-2082.
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