Many state, as well as non-governmental, agencies have joined forces to create the Adirondack Park Aquatic Nuisance Species Committee and are developing programs designed to prevent the introduction and spread of ANS and to monitor and control the ones that are already here. A big part of those programs is outreach and education, but its not enough to post signs at boat launches. We must also educate our visitors about ANS. Since most of our visitors come from outside the Park, it is possible that they could be introducing new ANS to Adirondack waters if they dont rinse their boat after it has been in Lake Erie, for example. The Adirondack ANS Committee hopes to work with tourism related businesses across the region and eventually replicate a program that is already happening in the Lake George Basin: The Invasive Species Prevention Participating Business Program.
The Visitors Bureau currently represents tourism and business interests on the ANS Committee and hopefully more groups will get involved soon. The struggle to protect our most important natural Adirondack resource from ANS is well underway and former governor Pataki declared the second week in July Adirondack Park Invasive Species Awareness Week. If you would like to learn more about this issue, check out HYPERLINK "http://www.adkinvasives.com" www.adkinvasives.com
Heather Sackett is Director of Media Relations at the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau. She can be reached at 523-2445 ex. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org