The Adirondack Park in upstate New York is comprised of 2.4 million hectares of public and private lands that hold 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 at a scale rarely seen anywhere else in the country. It was not until 2011 that private funding enabled the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) to formalize its regional response team approach. Over the next 3 field seasons, the team surveyed and treated in excess of 330 sites of priority species including primarily common reed (Phragmites australis) and Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Photo documentation, spatial mapping, and a long-term monitoring protocol were used to document management success or failure. Results as of 2013 show that out of 181 common reed sites treated since 2010, 46% of them had no signs of invasive plant recovery as of 2013. Conversely, out of 142 Japanese knotweed sites treated since 2010, only 4% of them had no signs of invasive plant recovery as of 2013. A summary of strategies used, work accomplished, and lessons learned as of 2013 will be presented.
Join Brendan Quirion of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Lisa Brush of The Stewardship Network for this webcast archive!
Brendan Quirion - Brendan has worked as the terrestrial invasive species project coordinator for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) since May 2010. He coordinates the early detection and rapid response of priority terrestrial invasive plant infestations across the 6 million acre Adirondack Park by overseeing the program's regional invasive species rapid response team, holding educational trainings and workshops, maintaining the program's weed information management system (WIMS) and GIS databases, and working with volunteers. In 2008 he worked for the New York State Department of Transportation conducting some of the first road surveys and mapping of invasive plant infestations within the Adirondack Park. In 2010, he received his BT in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.