Invasive Species Awareness Week

Photo by Seth Jones

Take a Hike (or Paddle) to Stop the Invasion!
Invasive Species Awareness Week—I SAW—is July 10 to 16

ALBANY, NY. – The Adirondack Mountain Club is pleased to be participating in the New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), which kicks off this Sunday July 10 with events scheduled state-wide through Saturday July 16.

“Educational initiatives are critical in protecting our public lands and waters,” explains ADK Executive Director Neil Woodworth. “The most effective defense in the battle against invasive species is early detection and rapid response, which requires many eyes, boots on the ground, and paddles in the water. Our members and volunteers are great stewards of our public lands and provide backcountry reconnaissance and early warning of invasive pests and plants before they have a chance to become established.”

The important role of volunteer citizen scientists in early detection of forest pests such as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) will be one of the subjects discussed on July 11, during the Adirondack Forest Pest Summit, co-hosted by ADK and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). The event will be held at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek from 10am to 4pm (RSVP to Mitchell Jones: 518-576-2082 or mitchell.jones@tnc.org). The threat posed by HWA and other pests that threaten the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park will be discussed by scientists and specialists from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), Cornell University, The Nature Conservancy, and the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Program (CRISP). See event details: http://bit.ly/29qEUaA

ADK will also be participating in a screening of Chris Foito’s invasive species documentary entitled “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A Film About the Loss of an Ecosystem.” The film, part of the NYS International Film Festival and hosted by the Albany Sustainability Advisory Committee and DEC, is scheduled for July 14 at the Madison Theater in Albany, NY. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with forest health experts Mark Whitmore (Cornell University), Bob O’Brien (OPRHP), Julie Lundgren (NY Natural Heritage Program) and Jason Denham (DEC). The event begins at 6pm with exhibits from ADK and other local conservation organizations in the lobby. The film starts at 7pm with an opening message from filmmaker Chris Foito. For more information, see http://bit.ly/29nSvzW ; watch trailer http://bit.ly/292IYuh .

ISAW events for the week of July 10 to 16 are posted on the ISAW Blog, www.nyis.info/blog/, which provides schedule information on ISAW movies, talks, and workshops. The site also posts and describes the regular meetings and initiatives of the eight regional PRISMs that organize efforts of hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers to combat invasive species state-wide and year-round. The eight PRISMs include APIPP, SLELO, CRISP, LIISMA, Capital-Mohawk, Finger Lakes, and Western NY. For more information about state-wide ISAW events contact Meg Philips at DEC (see contact info above).

ADK hosts two citizen scientist projects to monitor for forest pests and aquatic invasive species in backcountry areas. Read more about these programs at www.adktrailhead.org