Funding boosts Invasive Species program

KEENE VALLEY-The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) received a private foundation grant of $170,000 for invasive species prevention and control in 2011.

One of the primary uses of funds will be to pilot a terrestrial regional response team, a four person seasonal crew that will manage terrestrial invasive plants in priority areas across the Adirondack region. APIPP also directed funds to lend aid to three other projects including the Town of Inlet's Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program to control Japanese knotweed in various communities, Paul Smith's College Watershed Stewardship Program to intercept aquatic invasive species at boat launches and the Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force to control the first infestation of Asian Clam detected in the Adirondack Park.

"I have been impressed with APIPP's leadership on the problem of invasive species and with the effectiveness of the program since its inception. APIPP has been out in front on an issue that, left unchecked, can become impossible to contain. The Adirondack region is too unique to let that happen here," Alexander Gilchrist, one of the Foundation's Board of Directors, said.

With this new Foundation support, APIPP is better able to advance priority projects with local partners and leverage funding needed in the region.

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