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Steitz takes reins of AuSable River Association

LAKE PLACID A Lake Placid resident has taken the reins of the Au Sable River Association. Carol Treadwell-Steitz has accepted the position of executive director, beginning of May 16. She replaced Anne Lennox Barlow. Treadwell-Steitz was a faculty member at SUNY Plattsburgh, teaching geology and geomorphology. Treadwell-Steitz said the major concerns were dealing with the spread of invasive species, like Indian cup plant and purple loose strife. Invasive plants are non-native species they take over the whole area, out-competing all the native vegetation, said Treadwell-Steitz. The other major concern of the organization is addressing bank erosion along the river. Erosion affects local wildlife, adding extra sediment to the river and interfering with the spawning of trout. As director, Treadwell-Steitz is trying to increase the organizations membership recruitment efforts. She said the organization was in need of board members, especially town representatives from Keene, Jay, Au Sable Forks and Keeseville. The Au Sable River Association seeks to protect and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Au Sable River watershed, including Keene, Keene Valley, Lake Placid, Jay, Wilmington, Au Sable Forks and Keeseville. The organization brings together landowners, town governments, other non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies to accomplish its mission. On June 16, the third Great Adirondack Trail Run will take place in Keene Valley. This charity event supports the Au Sable and Bouquet River Associations, while providing an educational opportunity for children and adults about the sensitive river ecosystems. There is still space available in the 3.2 mile fun run. The fun run will begin at 10 a.m. from the Baxter Mountain Tavern on Rte 9N between Keene and Elizabethtown. A shuttle will be available from the parking/finish area at Riverside in Keene Valley to the trailhead for both runs. Following the run, there will be a celebration of spring with great food, beer, raffles and more starting at 11 a.m., with awards at 2 p.m. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, visit www.ausableriver.org or call 873-3752. Au Sable River Association provides information on invasive plant In recent years you may have noticed a pretty yellow, daisy-like, tall flower growing along the banks of the East and Main Branches of the Au Sable River. The plant is Indian cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum L.). It is native to the Midwest but is non-native and invasive in the Adirondacks. The plant has spread rapidly along the banks of the Ausable River in the past 15 years. The Au Sable River Association, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy has mapped its spread from near Keene Valley to Keeseville, New York, 30 miles from its original sighting. Indian cup plant has a yellow daisy-like flowers and grows 3 to 8 feet tall. The plants other notable feature are large ovate leaves that fuse together at their bases to form a cup. The plant has spread rapidly downstream with the assistance of flood waters which disperse its abundant crop of seeds. Once established the plant spreads aggressively by pushing out native vegetation. It can negatively effect native soils and wildlife and it is therefore imperative to enact control measures to keep the plant from spreading into more pristine areas of the Park. You can help control the spread of Indian Cup Plant by refraining from planting it in your garden. If the perennial is already present on your property, you can remove it. To learn more about how to best remove Indian Cup Plant from your property, please contact the Au Sable River Association at 518-873-3725. We would be glad to offer assistance. If you would like more information the Au Sable River Association has published a Fact Sheet about Indian Cup Plant and it is available at the following offices and businesses in the Au Sable Valley: Au Sable Forks Aubuchon, Keene Garden Center, Little Supermarket in Wilmington, McDonoughs Adirondack Department Store, The Nature Conservancy-Keene Valley office, Rivermede Farm market, Wilmington Visitors Bureau, and Youngs Pottery.

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