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Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week

July 13, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

(Editor's note: In honor of Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week, this week's "Eye on Invasives" column, by Hilary Smith, has been replaced by the event schedule for this week.)

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Event Schedule

Article Photos

Volunteers help with an aquatic plant survey on Lake Durant, near Blue Mountain Lake, during Invasive Species Awareness Week.
(Photo courtesy of APIPP)

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July 11-17

Groups across the region are sponsoring fun and educational activities during the 5th annual Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week.

This week provides an opportunity for communities to highlight threats of invasive plants and animals, ways to prevent their spread, and management options. Interpretive walks and paddles, identification support, invasive species talks, and workshops for all ages are planned throughout the Adirondacks.

Events are free, but pre-registration may be requested. Check out the line-up of activities and help spread the word, not the species.

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Tuesday, July 13

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

1 to 7 p.m. - (Native Plant Sale, Old Forge Arts Center)A selection of perennial flowers and shrubs that are native to the Adirondacks will be available for sale. Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, located in Hartford, will bring a selection of native plants from the nursery to have for sale.

7 p.m. - (Presentation, Old Forge Arts Center)"Invasive Plants in the Adirondacks: Identification and Management Techniques for Public and Private Lands," presented by Hilary Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

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Wednesday, July 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

7:30 p.m. - (Presentation, Paul Smiths, Visitor Interpretive Center)"Forest Health and Protection; Current Invasive Insects of New York," presented by Russell Martin and Frank Curtin, state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Thursday, July 15

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

9 a.m. - (Invasive Plant Paddle, Lewey Lake, Hamilton County) Join APIPP's Aquatic Coordinator Tyler Smith to survey Lewey Lake in the heart of Hamilton County. Learn native aquatic plant identification and survey techniques. Meet at the Lewey Lake Boat Launch on state Route 30. Contact tyler_smith@tnc.org for more information.

10 a.m. - (Activity, Lake George, Shepard Park) "Lake Invaders," a free, family, hands-on Water Ecology Adventure.

11 to 4 p.m. - (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

3 to 6 p.m. - (Display, Farmers' and Crafters' Market, Speculator) View invasive plant specimens, learn how to manage invasive plants, and pick up a brochure about invasive insects at the Invasive Species Information Booth. Village of Speculator Park across from the public beach.

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Friday, July 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - (Display, Lake George Visitors Center) Learn all about lake, land, and forest invaders!

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Saturday, July 17

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - (Workshop, Lake George Association Office) "Aquatic Invasive Plants - Do's and Don'ts," with Tyler Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. This is a free, Lake-Friendly-Living workshop at the LGA.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - (Display, Keene Valley Library) Information is available about invasive plants, forest pests, and aquatic invasive species.

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - (Workshop, ADK Loj Dining Hall, Lake Placid) An art and ecology workshop is offered for rising 6th through 8th graders. Youth will be given the opportunity to investigate and identify invasive species and create an original work of art inspired by these "Alien Invaders in the Adirondack Park." A certified art and environmental educator will lead group activities to help participants get the word out about how to protect our most valuable resource. Workshop is free, donations are accepted to cover materials. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kathryn McCallar at (912) 656-1628 or by e-mail at mccallar@gmail.com with any questions.

8 p.m. - (Presentation, ADK?Loj, Lake Placid) "Unwanted: Invasive species of the Adirondacks," presented by Hilary Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. This presentation will address which invasive species are here, which ones are on their way, and what we can do to stop their spread.

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Sunday, July 18

10 to 11:30 a.m. - (Invasive Plant Paddle, Sacandaga River, Hamilton County) "Paddle Against Invasives!" Learn about invasive species as you canoe or kayak the scenic Sacandaga River. Put-in at the Village of Speculator Park off state Route 30.

Bring a kayak or canoe, paddles, life vest, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water shoes.

To register for this free event, or for more info, contact Caitlin Stewart at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District: 518-548-3991 or e-mail hcswcd@frontiernet.net

 
 

 

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