Invasives

Thousands of fishhook and spiny waterfleas encrust a fishing line in June 2019, giving the appearance of a long worm.
Lake Champlain Basin Program

Scientists studying Lake Champlain have confirmed that a new invasive species has entered the lake — and the population has surged since its first detection.

White Spotted Pine Sawyer
Pat Bradley/WAMC

This is Invasive Species Awareness week in New York.  Coordinated through regional PRISMs — Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management — this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.” Recently, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley sent a picture of an insect to Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program Director Brendan Quirion asking him if it was an invasive beetle.  It wasn’t. Quirion says a number of invasive species are near twins to native species — and that can make detection challenging.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Invasive species are increasingly challenging communities and biologists as the plants and animals encroach on native species.  Plants and animals like the spotted lanternfly, giant hogweed and spiny waterflea can cost thousands, if not millions, of dollars to control once they encroach on an area. This coming week, New York will hold its sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week to help educate people about the problem. The effort is coordinated through regional PRISMs or Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management.  In northern New York, research and control efforts are coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.  Director Brendan Quirion tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley awareness week is one of the most important statewide education and outreach events.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

This coming week, New York is holding its sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week to educate people about the non-native species and their impact on the ecology and economy.

Thousands of fishhook and spiny waterfleas encrust a fishing line in June 2019, giving the appearance of a long worm.
Lake Champlain Basin Program

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is confirming the 51st invasive species has entered Lake Champlain.

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Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York law that prohibits watercraft from launching into waters without taking precautions to prevent the spread of invasive species is set to expire at the end of the month. Adirondack advocates are urging the state legislature to renew and expand the provision.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

This week, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources announced that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the state.  Officials are not surprised by the discovery, but they are disappointed.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that enter and harm an ecosystem.  Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state kicks off Sunday.  It’s a time when experts work with the public to increase awareness of the problem and how to prevent its spread.

Hundreds of adult spiny waterfleas clumped together on fishing line.
Emily DeBolt / Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

It’s a small creature about the width of your pinky, averaging 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch long.  But it has the potential to wreak havoc in the region’s lakes.  The spiny waterflea began spreading into Adirondack lakes in 2008 and was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014.  This month, an angler found the invasive zooplankton while fishing in what was considered to be the largest invasive-free lake in the Adirondacks.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

Invasive species are spreading across the region.  The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide.  Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.

Vermont’s ban on the use of felt-soled waders repealed as of July 1
Tom Rogers/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Vermont is rescinding a five year ban on felt-soled waders.

NYS Invasive Species Advisory Council

New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week.  The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species is patterned on an effort that began in the Adirondacks.

Lake Champlain Basin Program

In what officials say is a key step toward preserving the region’s waterways, an agreement announced Tuesday is aimed at preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species across the Adirondack region.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed this week Invasive Species Awareness Week. It’s the first statewide effort to educate and engage the public in on-going efforts to prevent and control the spread of non-native invasive species.

Emily DeBolt/Lake George Association

New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

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The Lake George Park Commission has adopted final rules requiring boat inspections to prevent introduction of invasive species in Lake George.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Lake George Park Commission has issued a draft plan for lake-wide invasive species control and prevention.