Utilizing a Terrestrial Invasive Species Rapid Response Team for Landscape Level Management in the Adirondack Park

New York State’s 6 million acre Adirondack Park holds some of the most ecologically intact ecosystems in the United States. Most of the park remains relatively free of invasive species, which presents an exciting opportunity in conservation rarely seen anywhere else in the country. The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), a regional partnership of government and private organizations, was formed in 1998 to effectively manage invasive species at a landscape scale. For four years, APIPP’s Terrestrial Rapid Response Team has surveyed and managed infestations of eight priority terrestrial invasive species. Photo documentation and spatial mapping of sites treated show steep declines in both acres infested and percent cover. Out of 131 Phragmites sites treated since 2010, 32% had no signs of invasive plant recovery as of 2014 and many exhibited a significant re-emergence of native vegetation. A summary of strategies used, work accomplished and lessons learned will be presented.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:05pm
Zachary Simek
Zachary Simek joined the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program in 2015. He is a 2013 graduate of Paul Smith’s College, located in the northern Adirondacks of New York State, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management and Policy. He began working with invasive species as a boat launch steward in 2013 and gained experience managing terrestrial invasives after receiving certification as a NYS pesticide technician. In his current role, Zack coordinates and implements terrestrial invasive species prevention and management programs and provides technical leadership and support for the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management.
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