Invasive Species

The integrity of Hamilton County's natural resources is threatened by invasive species! Invasive species are plants and animals that have been introduced beyond the borders of their historic range. They displace native species and cause economic, ecological, and societal harm. Spread prevention, early detection, and rapid response are the best methods for combating this threat.

The District collaborates closely with the Adirondack PRISM to ensure that our county has an effective strategy to help prevent new species from being introduced and control established populations. For a comprehensive look at invasive species in the Adirondacks, please visit the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) website.

District Initiatives

  • Stop the Spread With "Clean, Drain, Dry."
  • Monitor Lands and Waters for Invasive Species.
  • Manage Invasive Plants.
  • Be a Resource for Lake Associations and Other Community Organizations.
  • Offer Community and Classroom Presentations
  • Offer Non-Invasive Trees and Shrubs for Our Adirondack Tree and Shrub Sale.
  • Assist Local Landowners With Invasive Species Management.
  • Partner With APIPP and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Invasive Species Initiatives.
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Invasive Plant Best Management Practices

  • A permit must be obtained from the Adirondack Park Agency if the invader to be controlled is located in or within 100ft of a wetland on public or private land.
  • 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.
  • All herbicide applications in or around surface waters or wetlands should be made by a New York State-certified pesticide applicator.
  • Spot treatments to individual plants using a backpack or hand sprayer, wick applicator, cloth glove applicator, stem injection system, herbicide clippers, etc., are allowed for use during herbicide applications.
  • During manual management, bag all plant material in a heavy-duty garbage bag and leave it outside in the sun for a couple of 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 it to construct brush piles for wildlife habitat improvement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be persistent, as plants may grow back. For larger infestations, complete elimination may take several years of consistent management.

How You Can 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 it 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.
  • Visit a boat inspection and decontamination station and have your watercraft checked for invasive 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 Native Plants, Not Invasive.
  • Don't move firewood. Green firewood may contain invasive insects. Burn the wood where you buy it.
  • Monitor and Manage Invasive 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.
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
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