To the editor:
Beware! The invasives are coming! No, I don't mean our summer friends and visitors; we like and need them. I am referring to invasive plants and other species that are not native to our area and that can cause harm to our environment.
Visitors are often unaware that they might bring invasives to the Adirondacks in or on their boats, boots or firewood. We in the North Country urge everyone to become familiar with invasives such as yellow iris, giant hogweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, emerald ash borers, Asian long-horned beetles and many more.
Invasive Species Awareness Week is coming up in early July. For further information, call or talk with APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program) at 518-576-2082, visit adkinvasives.com, or call Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at 518-962-4810.
Thanks, and have a happy, safe and aware time in the Adirondacks!
C. MacDonald Grout
Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer