Adirondack Lakes are known around the world for their beauty, unmarred from any outside influence. However, visitors to the Adirondacks may be facing an uncomfortable reality if these previously untouched lakes become infested with invasive species.
Invasive species are any species that are not native to the area and present a threat to the natural ecosystem. These can be plants, animals or even bacteria. Most invasive species are transported to the Adirondack Park by visitors who don’t even realize they are doing so!
Enthusiastic boaters who bring their boats to the Adirondacks after boating in other waterways, can carry the invasive species on their boats, trailers, or other equipment. Therefore, as boating season kicks off, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program will host its annual training in aquatic plant identification.
Each year, this training creates a legion of volunteers who can keep a careful watch against invasive species. Early detection is the best way to prevent invasive species from taking over our lakes.
The sessions will take place June 21 in Bolton Landing, June 26 in Paul Smiths, and June 28 in Inlet. Training is are free, but space is limited, so RSVP by June 14th to Meghan Johnstone at 518-576-2082.
Have you encountered any invasive species in your travels to the Adirondacks?