The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is a cooperative effort initiated in 1998 among citizens and organizations of the Adirondacks.
Our mission is to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of nonnative invasive species.  The program coordinates two projects: the Aquatic Invasive Species Project and the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project. The APIPP serves the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, one of eight regional partnerships in New York State.  On the K&J show we speak with Hillary Smith, Executive Director of the Adirondack Invasive Plant Program about the project and the organization.

AUDIO – 081312 – K&J SHOW – Beverly Smith on Invasive Summit

The Issue

Eurasian watermilfoil is one of the most widespread aquatic invasive plants across the country. It has invaded over 50 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks alone, and threatens to spread to more waterways by hitchhiking on recreational gear. Once an infestation starts, it is extremely difficult, and very costly, to eliminate. Control efforts must be sustained from year to year to set management projects up for success.

Many communities in the Adirondacks are struggling with managing infestations. Uncertainties about which treatment options to choose, understanding and complying with permitting conditions, and challenges in finding, and sustaining, resources can be overwhelming. Furthermore, attention is focused on battling the current problem of Eurasian watermilfoil, but other aquatic invaders are on the move.

The Summit

While some groups have been managing milfoil for years, others are just starting. The Summit is designed to serve as a clearinghouse of information pertaining to Eurasian watermilfoil management.


The goals are to

  • provide a forum for discussing the status of Eurasian watermilfoil management in the Adirondack region
  • showcase lessons learned to improve planning, management, and resourcing efforts
  • provide an informational resource for groups managing Eurasian watermilfoil

The program will feature presentations on the status of the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion and its management in the Adirondack region, management options, planning considerations, management case studies from various lakes, permitting, financing, lake-friendly landuse recommendations, and spread prevention. Speakers will include state agency staff, elected officials, not-for-profit representatives, and shoreowners.

Join resource managers, elected officials, members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, community groups, and private citizens from across the region to listen, learn, discuss, and take action.

Arrival, Directions and Parking

Please plan on arriving between 8:30 and 8:45. The program will begin promptly at 9:00. The street address is 6604 NYS Route 8. Directions: from I-87 southbound take Exit 25 (Chestertown/Brant Lake), turn left onto NYS Route 8 and follow Route 8 for approximately 3 miles. The Town Hall is on the right just past the fire station. From I-87 northbound take Exit 25, turn right coming off the exit and follow same directions. Park behind the Horicon Town Hall (also known as the Horicon Community Center) and enter through the back of the building, which leads directly into the conference room.

The Summit is FREE to attend, but please RSVP

There is no registration fee, however participants are asked to RSVP so that organizers can plan accordingly for seating, supporting materials, and refreshments. Please RSVP to Allie Smith at with “EWM Summit” in the subject heading of your email and include the number of participants attending, names, and your organization or association, or call 518-668-5773.

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