Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit to be held August 16th

KEENE VALLEY 

Registration is open for the Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit: Lessons learned from the Adirondack region. This is a free event hosted at the Horicon Town Hall in Brant Lake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th. The Summit is organized by partners of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Adirondack Lake Alliance and Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board.

“While some groups have been managing milfoil for years, others are just starting their management programs. There are many lessons to be shared from the great work underway in the region. The Summit is designed to serve as a forum for information and discussion about management and the path forward for battling Eurasian watermilfoil.” said Hilary Smith, Director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

The program will feature presentations on the status of the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion and its management in the Adirondack region, control options, planning considerations, case studies from various lakes, permitting, financing, lake-friendly land-use recommendations and spread prevention. Speakers will include state agency staff, elected officials, not-for-profit representatives, shoreowners and lake managers.

Resource managers, elected officials, members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, lake association members and shoreowners are all encouraged to attend. Eurasian watermilfoil is one of the most widespread aquatic invasive plants across the country. It has invaded over 50 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks alone and threatens to spread to more waterways by hitchhiking on recreational gear. Once an infestation starts, it is extremely difficult, and very costly, to eliminate. Control efforts must be sustained from year to year to set management projects up for success.

Many communities in the Adirondacks are struggling with managing infestations. Uncertainties about which treatment options to choose, understanding and complying with permitting conditions and challenges in finding, and sustaining, resources can be overwhelming.

“We are very happy to serve as a sponsor of the Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit. The Adirondack Lake Alliance was formed on the basis of sharing ideas and experiences, and the Summit is the ultimate opportunity to share expertise. As property owners with limited budgets, it is important to us to keep invasive species to a minimum without wasting our resources on methods that others in the region have found ineffective. This idea was the crux of developing the Summit, and we have some of the most experienced experts and representatives of local lake associations speaking on the subject.” said Bill McGhie, President of the East Shore Schroon Lake Association.

There is no registration fee to attend the Summit, but participants are asked to RSVP by Thursday, August 2nd so that organizers can plan accordingly for seating, supporting materials and refreshments. Please RSVP to Allie Smith at acsmit09@stlawu.edu with “EWM Summit” in the subject heading of your email and include the number of participants attending, names, and organization or association, or call 518-668-5773.

More information about the Summit, including a preliminary program, is online at http://adkinvasives.com/Summit.html.
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Source: Hilary Smith, Director
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
The Nature Conservancy – Adirondack Chapter
PO Box 65 Keene Valley, New York 12943
518-576-2082 x 131 (tel)
518-576-4203 (fax)
hsmith@tnc.org
www.adkinvasives.com
http://adk-invasives.blogspot.com

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