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Off to the woods....

Asian clams, Eurasian milfoil, Zebra Mussels, Didymo, spiny water fleas and water chestnuts have already invaded numerous Adirondack lakes. Lake Champlain currently has at least 48 known varieties of invasive species.

In terms of economic benefits, our freshwater resources are the goose that lays the Golden Egg. It has been estimated that three quarters of all visitors to the Adirondacks are seeking freshwater recreation.

Invasive species are a threat to our woods and waters, they threaten our way of life, our economic future and our cherished traditions. The combination of climate change and increased globalization will certainly accelerate the process.

Voluntary compliance will not prevent the spread; it is a threat that must be confronted by law.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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