Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busiest part of the year in the Adirondacks, and the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is hoping to educate visitors about ways they can help slow the spread of invasive species.
The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program has started a new “Keep Invasive Species Out” effort that includes a new website at keepinvasivespeciesout.com. The website is loaded with educational information about the harm invasive species can cause and preventive efforts that can be taken.
Tips are given for specific outdoor activities including hiking, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, gardening/landscaping and farming. The site is designed to provide information quickly and easily and serves as a complement to the organization’s other educational website, adkinvasives.com.
“Most invasive species are introduced and spread throughout the Adirondacks by people — on our clothing and equipment, our boats and vehicles, and in materials such as firewood or soil that we move long distances,” said the organization’s project manager, Brendan Quirion. “But whether you live, work, or play here, there are simple steps you can take to ensure you’re protecting Adirondack woods, waters and communities now and for future generations.”
The organization was established in 1998 as a partnership program of The Nature Conservancy, state Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation, and the Adirondack Park Agency, and is housed under the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Since its founding, it has grown to include more than 30 cooperating partner organizations and over 700 volunteers.
With camping season kicking off, the state Department of Environmental Conservation also issued advisories this week aimed at preventing the spread of invasive waterborne flora and fauna via boat, and when illegally importing firewood.
The New York state firewood regulations are as follows:
- Prohibit untreated firewood from being brought into New York from other areas;
- Prohibit untreated firewood grown in the state from being transported more than 50 miles from its source or origin; and
- Require that when transporting firewood, documentation of the source, origin or treatment is given.