CAP-21 will join forces with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) to fight the spread of Garlic Mustard within the Town of Webb by gathering a team of volunteers on the morning of Wednesday, July 10 to help pick the land-based invasives.
Volunteers are asked to take several actions prior to the initiative including researching YouTube videos on the plants and the damage they cause, take notice of patches of Garlic Mustard and notify CAP-21 with the location, or log the location directly into www.imapinvasives.org with your smart phone.
APIPP will then be able to take these locations and incorporate them into the volunteer schedule. Property owners are also encouraged to contact CAP-21 if they have any Garlic Mustard patches they want removed.
Interested volunteers should gather at Niccolls Memorial Church on Crosby Blvd. in Old Forge at 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. CAP-21 will provide all volunteers with the APIPP “Invasive Plants: A Landowner’s Guide to Managing Invasive Plants.”
Participants are asked to dress for picking weeds and bring garden gloves, a trowel, bug spray and water. CAP-21 will supply the garbage bags for weed removal. Pesticides will not be used and older children are encouraged to join in. CAP-21 will also provide refreshments for all volunteers.
CAP-21 hopes this will become an annual event that both expands the awareness of both terrestrial and aquatic invasives within the Park and helps fight the spread within Adirondack communities. It is being held in recognition of Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 7 through 13th.
To participate, please RSVP to CAP-21 at (315) 369-3353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Webb also has outbreaks of Japanese Knotweed, which requires applications of pesticide to fully eliminate. For several years, the Town of Inlet has administered a very successful public/private collaboration on Knotweed eradication, which presents a model for other Adirondack communities in fighting invasives, and was recently featured in Adirondack Life magazine. To learn more, visit http://noknotweed.org.