Feb 24, 2015

 

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program 2014 Annual Report Now Available

 

The 2014 Annual Report for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) is now available.

 

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) serves as the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, one of eight regional partnerships across New York. APIPP is a partnership program among the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, more than 30 cooperating organizations, and more than 700 volunteers. We thank all of our partners and collaborators who participate in the program and share their ideas, time, and resources to protect the Adirondacks from invasive species. APIPP operates under contract with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with funding provided through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

2014 in Review

Invasive species is an issue front and center of concern in the Adirondack region. Action is underway at local, regional, and statewide levels, contributing to a comprehensive approach to stop their spread. APIPP works every day – joining forces with great organizations, communities, and volunteers – to put strategic and innovative solutions into place.

Snapshot of 2014 Highlights:

  • Celebrating Staff Transitions! In September, Hilary Smith stepped down as APIPP’s director to assume the role of Invasive Species Coordinator with the Department of Interior in Washington D.C. Former Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator, Brendan Quirion, assumed the role of APIPP coordinator upon Hilary’s departure. In June, APIPP’s new Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator, Erin Vennie-Vollrath, joined the team and APIPP is currently in the process of recruiting its new Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator.
  • APIPP’s Website Gets a Facelift! APIPP’s website underwent a much needed upgrade in 2013 and the new site went live in early 2014. The new site contains species profiles, distribution maps, a calendar of APIPP events, and much more! You can check out the new site at www.adkinvasives.com.
  • Regional Boat Wash & Decontamination Program Gains Momentum! After a successful summer of implementing a mandatory boat wash and decontamination program on Lake George, there was strong interest among APIPP’s partners and Adirondack communities to expand a similar program across the Adirondack region to prevent the landscape level spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. In collaboration with Paul Smith’s College, The Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake George Association, APIPP finalized a report entitled ―Boat Inspection and Decontamination for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention; Recommendations for the Adirondack Region‖ to help inform this discussion. On December 19th, APIPP organized a meeting at Paul Smith’s College entitled ―Building Consensus for an Integrated, Regional Boat Stewardship, Inspection, and Decontamination Program in the Adirondacks.‖ Thirty-three people representing 23 different Adirondack stakeholder groups were in attendance and came to general consensus on a strategy to operationalize a regional program moving forward.
  • Legislative Victories Set New York up for Success! The State of New York passed important legislation in 2014 to further prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. Key legislative victories included finalizing a bill restricting the rearing and release of Eurasian boar and passing a statewide aquatic invasive species transport law.
  • Response Teams Ready to Respond! APIPP’s five year contract with the state was renewed in August 2014. The new contract contains additional funding for both terrestrial and aquatic regional response teams over the next five years. APIPP piloted the response team approach with private funding from 2011 through 2013 and the results of this work were able to leverage this new state funding.
  • Working to Protect our Environment and our Economy! APIPP commissioned Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. to finalize a report entitled ―The Actual and Potential Economic Impact of Invasive Species on the Adirondack Park: A Preliminary Assessment‖. The report identified eight high risk invasive species and calculated the projected economic impact of those species on the Adirondack Park’s economy. The report estimated the total annual loss to recreation and tourism, agriculture, and forestry sectors to be $48 - $53 million with an estimated long-term property value loss of $420 - $840.
  • Statewide Programs Speak with One Voice! Invasive species programs from across the state adopted the ―Stop the Invasion‖ logo and slogan to promote consistent invasive species messaging across the state. This new logo can be seen in the top left corner of the previous page.
  • Celebrating Partners! APIPP instituted its second Annual Volunteer Achievement Awards and recognized Jane Smith and Bill McGhie from the East Shore Schroon Lake Association for their exemplary volunteer leadership.

Round-up of accomplishments, by the numbers:

  • From project planning to boots-on-the-ground, more than 30 cooperating organizations worked together on invasive species prevention and management efforts.
  • The Terrestrial Project managed approximately 332 infestations of priority invasive plants and performed detailed trend analysis to better document management success over time. These trend charts are featured in the report.
  • 215 aquatic volunteers spent almost 700 hours surveying 111 waterways for aquatic invasive plants.
  • 97 waterways have aquatic invasive species (AIS); 235 have no AIS observed.
  • APIPP staff presented to nearly 1,500 people at more than 40 events: partner efforts further increased the reach.

This is just a sampling of the great work underway. Click here to read the full report and find ouit what else APIPP has we been up to, and where they are heading in 2015.