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Mar 4, 2013

Paul Smith’s College seeks watershed stewards

The Watershed Stewardship Program at Paul Smith’s College is seeking approximately 25 full-time temporary (3 days per week + all weekends, 40 hours) and a lesser number of part-time temporary (weekends + Thursday mornings) watershed stewards.

The Watershed Stewardship Program at Paul Smith's College is a community-based program designed primarily to educate the public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues pertaining to specific watersheds. Stewards interact with visitors at boat ramps and perform watercraft inspections intended to prevent the transport of AIS. The Program also fulfills research and service functions.

Steward locations:

Upper St. Regis Lake, Rainbow Lake, Lake Placid (boat launch), Saratoga Lake, Tupper Lake, Raquette Lake, Fulton Chain of Lakes, Cranberry Lake and other lakes. Some stewards will be based in the west-central Adirondack area; others based in Saranac Lake-Lake Placid area.

Appointments will be for the period of May 20 – August 25, 2013 (14 weeks). One additional week until Labor Day required, depending on employee’s fall semester school schedule (15 weeks total).

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Public education and natural/cultural history interpretation.
  • Perform watercraft inspections; remove AIS.
  • Data collection and analysis: recreational use patterns, AIS removal.
  • Service projects: exotic AIS mapping and control, operation of boat wash station, trail maintenance, etc.
  • Report writing.
  • Stewards will spend most of your days outdoors, in all weather.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received

Click here to view the full job description and information on how to apply.





Feb 25, 2013

NYInvasives Channel now available on YouTube

A new NY Invasives Channel is now available on YouTube. The channel includes all past presentations from the NY Invasive Species Speaker Series (monthly PRISM conference call series).  Visit http://www.youtube.com/NYinvasives and become a subscriber (subscribers will be alerted as new material is posted). The posted presentations only contain the featured presentation – the PRISM round-robins and Q&A are available via the WebEx recordings you can access via the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse at http://www.nyis.info/pdf/Monthly_PRISM_Conference_Call_Summaries.xlsx  for those who want to hear a conference call in its entirety.

Please share the NYinvasives YouTube Channel link with your partners and invite them to learn more about the great work being done in New York to combat invasive species.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Troy Weldy, Director of Ecological Management at The Nature Conservancy for all of his work on developing the YouTube channel. Troy can be reached at: tweldy@tnc.org





Feb 1, 2013

Revised "Weeds Watch Out!" invasive plant identification guide now available.

Although targeted to the Oswego River Basin region, this guide to the identification of aquatic invasive plant has great utility for any area of the Northeast or Great Lakes regions. Most of the plants are shown as both colored photographs and black and white line art and many are also accompanied by descriptions and illustrations of non-invasive native look-alikes. Vegetation addressed includes:

  • European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae)
  • Water chestnut (Trapa natans)
  • Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata)
  • Brazilian waterweed (Egeria densa)
  • Curly-leaved pondweed (Potamogeton crispus)
  • Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa)
  • Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
  • Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)
  • Parrotfeather (Myriophyllum aquaticum)

 

Click here to download the Guide. (15 MB file)

 

Prepared by the Weeds Watch Out! (W2O!) program, the Guide is a very handy reference tool for lay audience use in identifying and understanding invasive aquatic plants in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions.

Weeds Watch Out! is an education and outreach program that will help to control the spread of invasive aquatic plant species into, within, and from the Oswego River Basin, a sub-basin of Lake Ontario. W2O! has established strong inter-watershed relationships in the Oswego River Basin to effectively address current and future invasive aquatic plant issues in a coordinated manner. For more information, visit the web at www.co.cayuga.ny.us/wqma/weedswatchout/.

W2O! was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) Great Lakes Grants Program, E.P.A. Great Lakes National Program Office, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Collaborators on the project are:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Cayuga and Onondaga Counties
  • Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
  • Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Cayuga County Planning & Development
  • Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District

 

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