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Adirondack Forest Preserve Invasive Species Management Guidelines

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.

These Guidelines describe the process through which any active invasive species management will take place on DEC administered lands in the Adirondack Park. The Guidelines provide Best Management Practices (BMPs) that describe what management practices are allowed and when they can be implemented, who is authorized to implement them, and which species can be targeted.

Public Comment Opportunity

The Department has proposed an update to the Guidelines and will be accepting public comment the proposal until February 16, 2018. Comments can be sent to the following contact:

Peter Frank
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254

Download the Draft Guidelines

Draft Inter-Agency Guidelines for Implementing Best Management Practices to Control Invasive Species on DEC Administered Lands of the Adirondack Park - PDF (400 KB)