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Inlet will get money toward its Japanese knotweed program

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - Updated: 7:10 AM

KEENE VALLEY - The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program has received a private foundation grant of $170,000 for invasive species prevention and control in 2011.

One of the primary uses of the funds will be to pilot a terrestrial regional response team, a four-person seasonal crew that will manage terrestrial invasive plants in priority areas across the Adirondacks.

APIPP also directed funds to lend aid to three other projects, including the Town of Inlet’s Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program to control Japanese knotweed in various communities, Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program to intercept aquatic invasive species at boat launches and the Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force to control the first infestation of Asian Clam detected in the Adirondack Park.

Doug Johnson from the Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program said, “[The] funding ... will allow us to complete treatment of dozens of previously treated Japanese knotweed sites and treat many new sites in Inlet, Town of Webb, Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake.

“We already have invasive plant coordinators to help identify sites and get permissions from property owners in new areas including Long Lake, North River and North Creek.

“The funds will let us treat knotweed in many sensitive areas and come closer to the goal of eradicating knotweed in the Adirondacks.”

APIPP is a partnership initiated more than a decade ago to bridge jurisdictional boundaries and coordinate groups to implement a park-wide invasive species program to prevent the further introduction, spread and negative impact of invasives.

“We are extremely grateful for this investment in the Adirondacks and our work,” said APIPP Director Hilary Smith. “One of APIPP’s early goals was to formalize an early detection rapid response network.

“We established a volunteer detection network but lacked the capacity to respond. In 2004 we identified the need for seasonal crews that could respond swiftly to control new infestations when the chance for successful eradication is high.

“It is exciting to know that the response team strategy will be realized this summer and also that we will be able to support other important efforts in the region.”


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