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Purple Loosestrife Management Workshops To Be Held
KEENE VALLEY, NY The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting a new workshop series focusing on managing purple loosestrife using biological control. Biological control involves raising and releasing beetles that feed on leaves, roots or flowers of purple loosestrife plants. Workshop participants will learn how to identify purple loosestrife, map infestations and determine whether biological control is an appropriate method of treatment for their infestation. Experts will also review the process and permitting for releasing beetles as well as the monitoring protocols used to assess the effectiveness of beetle predation on purple loosestrife plants. Landowners, gardeners, landscapers, community groups and resource managers are encouraged to attend.
Sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at the Ticonderoga Town Hall from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. and Monday, August 20th at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sessions are free. Please RSVP to Sarah Walsh at 518-576-2082 x 120 or email@example.com.
Purple loosestrife is an aggressive wetland and shoreline invader that crowds out native plants and degrades habitat for wildlife and waterfowl. Managing large infestations of purple loosestrife can be difficult, but scientific monitoring and assessment of biological controls shows that it is an effective technique for reducing populations. Organizers of local control projects in Lake Placid and Schroon Lake also report great success in reducing loosestrife infestations using biological control. “By attending this session, community members will learn the tools to assess their infestation, effectively release biological control on their lands and measure its success over time and protect wetlands for years to come,” said Sarah Walsh, APIPP’s summer educator.
The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is a partnership program whose mission is to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of non-native invasive species. Find out more information about APIPP online at www.adkinvasives.com.