LGA Communications Director named to state invasive species advisory committee

TICONDEROGA The Lake George Association, the oldest lake association in the nation, has announced that James Hood has been named to the New York State Invasive Species Advisory Committee. Hood, the LGAs communications coordinator, will represent the New York State Federation of Lake Associations on the statewide committee. Hood is a member of the NYSFOLA board of directors and chairs the groups Invasive Species Committee. This puts the LGA and NYSFOLA in a very advantageous position, said Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, the LGAs executive director. New Yorks lakes have been heavily impacted by aquatic invasive species, and now we will be able to have a say in how the state manages invasives. Hood has been involved in invasive species from an advocacy perspective, since joining the LGA in 2002. He has represented the LGA on several local, state and regional invasive species group, including the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society. Being asked to sit on the advisory committee is terrific recognition for all New York lakes, said Hood. As their representative, I will work hard to make sure that aquatic and wetland invasive species are given a high priority by New York State, and Lake George will certainly benefit from that. In 2003, legislation was passed creating the New York State Invasive Species Task Force, an ad hoc body charged with studying the effects of invasive species throughout the state and making recommendations for next steps. In September of 2007, that group was made permanent as the state Invasive Species Council. Comprised of representatives from several state agencies, the ISC was charged with carrying out the recommendations mapped out by the original Task Force. The ISC created the Advisory Committee to engage stakeholders and receive input on how the state should proceed. The ISAC consists of non-governmental groups from industry, academia, environmental conservation and advocacy, and local government. NYSFOLA was invited as a statewide organization of lake associations. The LGA is a not-for-profit membership organization of people interested in working together to protect, conserve, and improve the beauty and quality of the Lake George Basin. For information call 668-3558 or on line at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org

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