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Stop the Spread

You can help stop the spread of invasive species in Hamilton County and beyond.  

  • Clean all mud, plants, and animals from your trailer, watercraft, seaplane, gear, clothes, shoes, and pets.  Dispose of in the garbage or on dry land. 
  • Drain water from the livewell, bilge, motor, hull, and bait containers before leaving the launch. 
  • Dry boats, trailers, and gear for at least 5 days before launching into another water body.  Recommended dry times are found on the 100th Meridian Initiative website.    
  • Visit a boat inspection and decontamination station and have your watercraft checked for invasives and washed by a steward of the Paul Smith's Adirondack Watershed Institute.
  • Do not release live bait into water bodies.
  • Do not release former aquarium pets or plants into the wild.
  • Plant natives plants, not invasives.
  • Don't move firewood.  Green firewood may contain invasive insects.  Burn the wood where you buy it.
  • Monitor and manage invasives on your property or in your lake.
  • Survey for invasive species.
  • Report invasive species to your Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Schedule an invasive species presentation for your organization or class. Presentations may be geared for any age group and can include an outdoor lab.

Invasive Insect Forest Surveying: a how to guide for emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle

Invasive Plant Best Management Practices for Landowners

1. A permit must be obtained from the Adirondack Park Agency if the invader to be controlled is located in or within 100 ft of a wetland on public or private land.

2. Private property owners are allowed to apply general use herbicide products (Roundup Pro Max, and Roundup Pro Concentrate) on their own property for invasive species control. In all instances the herbicide product label is the law and must be read and followed accordingly.japaneseknotweed

3. All herbicide applications in or around surface waters or wetlands should be made by a New York State certified pesticide applicator.

4. Spot treatments to individual plants using a back pack or hand sprayer, wick applicator, cloth glove applicator, stem injection system, herbicide clippers, etc. are allowed for use during herbicide applications.

5. During manual management, bag all plant material in a heavy duty garbage bag and leave outside in the sun for a couple weeks. Dispose of bags in a landfill. For woody invasive shrubs, excavate or dig up while not in fruit, and dry with roots propped upwards for a few weeks. Burn dead material or use to construct brush piles for wildlife habitat improvement.

6. To prevent the spread of invasive plants, manage when plants are not in seed. All management equipment should be thoroughly rinsed off with water before the next use.

7. If you have removed invasive plants from your property and would like to replace them with native alternatives, contact the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District for recommendations.

8. Be persistent as plants may grow back. For larger infestations, complete elimination may take several years of consistent management.

The District’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of the State of New York, Hamilton County, and FLLOWPA.