One of the individuals who has led efforts to combat invasive species in New York is leaving to take a position at the Department of Interior. Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program Director Hilary Smith will become the federal agency’s invasive species coordinator. She spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about her decision to leave the Adirondacks.
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.
APIPP's training will provide instruction on how to identify and detect aquatic invasive animals, such as spiny waterflea, an aquatic invasive species known in at least five Adirondack waterways, including Lake George. Spiny waterflea congregates in masses, is a voracious feeder of zooplankton, and globs onto fishing lines. (Photo courtesy Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association)