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Forest Preserve Invasive Species Management Plans

The negative impacts of invasive species on natural forest and aquatic communities are well documented. Colonization and unrestrained growth of invasive species cause the loss of biodiversity, interruption of normal hydrology, suppression of native vegetation, and significant aesthetic, human safety and economic impacts. Terrestrial and aquatic invasive species have been identified at increasing rates of colonization along roadsides in campgrounds, and in water bodies of the Forest Preserve within the past 10 years. Some of these species have the potential to colonize backcountry lands, lakes and ponds and degrade natural resources of the Forest Preserve.

The Department has partnered with, resource managers, non-governmental organizations, industry, resource users, citizens and other state agencies and stakeholders to combat invasive species. Eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) exist across New York State. Two PRISMs, the Adirondack Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and the Catskill Regional Invasive Plant Program (CRISP) coordinate invasive species management functions including coordinating partner efforts, recruiting and training citizen volunteers, identifying and delivering education and outreach, establishing early detection monitoring networks and implementing direct eradication and control efforts in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.

Interested parties may enter into an Adopt-A-Natural Resource (AANR) Agreement with the Department to conduct invasive species management on Forest Preserve lands. In the Adirondacks, the treatment of terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants is implemented through site specific work plans in compliance with the DEC/APA Inter-Agency Guidelines for Implementing Best Management Practices for the Control of Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species on the Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park.

Currently approved Invasive Species Management Plans are listed below. Individual management plans may be viewed by clicking on the management plan number below.

Forest Preserve Invasive Species Management Plans
Management Plan Number DEC
Forest Preserve
Land Unit(s)
County Town(s) Project Location Target Species Control Method Plot Size
Work Period
4 (PDF, 265 KB) 5 Giant Mountain Wilderness Essex Elizabethtown State Route 9 near Split Rock Falls Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.013 APIPP 8/1/11 - 10/15/16
5 (PDF, 238 KB) 5 High Peaks Wilderness Essex Keene State Route 73 near Lower Cascade Lake Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.022 APIPP 8/1/11 - 10/15/16
6 (PDF, 395 KB) 5 Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Essex North Elba State Route 86 near Lake Placid and Ray Brook Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
1.720 APIPP 8/1/11 - 10/15/16
7 (PDF, 231 KB) 5 Taylor Pond Wild Forest Franklin Franklin State Route 3 near Vermontville Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.073 APIPP 8/1/11 - 10/15/16
8 (PDF, 231 KB) 5 DeBar Mountain Wild Forest Franklin Brighton State Route 30 near Barnum Pond Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.073 APIPP 8/1/11 - 10/15/16
9 (PDF, 571 KB) 6 Cranberry Lake Wild Forest St. Lawrence Clifton State Route 3 near Cranberry Lake and Wanakena Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.335 APIPP 8/1/11 - 10/15/16
10 (PDF, 434 KB) 5 Siamese Ponds
Wilderness Area
Warren Johnsburg Wetlands near Barton Mines LLC Iris pseudacorus Herbicide Treatment
0.200 APIPP 5/15/11 - 6/30/16
11 (PDF, 461 KB) 6 Black River Wild Forest Oneida Forestport State Route 28 along Otter Lake Wetland Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.298 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17
12 (PDF, 937 KB) 5 Blue Mountain Wild Forest Hamilton Long Lake State Route 28N along Shaw Pond Wetland Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.083 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17
13 (PDF, 1.16 MB) 5 Debar Mountain Wild Forest Franklin Brighton State Route 30 near Meacham Lake Wetland Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.006 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17
14 (PDF, 1.92 MB) 5 Ferris Lake Wild Forest Hamilton, Fulton Arietta, Caroga Wetlands along State Route 10 Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
2.720 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17
15 (PDF, 772 KB) 5 Moose River Plains Wild Forest Hamilton Long Lake State Route 28 along the outlet of Raquette Lake Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.179 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17
16 (PDF, 654 KB) 5 Sargent Ponds Wild Forest Hamilton Arietta State Route 28 south of the Marion River Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
0.023 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17
17 (PDF, 410 KB) 5 Split Rock Mtn. Wild Forest Essex Westport Webb Royce Swamp Phragmites australis Herbicide Treatment
1.070 APIPP 7/15/12 - 10/15/17