Jun 5, 2014

New NYS Regulations Target Aquatic Invasive Species

Boaters Using NYS DEC Lands to Launch Boats or Other Watercraft Are Now Required to Clean and Drain Boats Prior to Launch

As part of an aggressive effort to prevent invasive species from entering and damaging New York water bodies, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today [5 June 2014] adopted new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching from DEC lands.

The regulations, which are effective today [5 June 2014], pertain to all DEC boat launches, fishing access sites and other DEC lands where watercraft such as boats, kayak or canoes, can be launched into the water.

Click to read full NYS DEC Press Release

Click to view  full text of the regulations on NYS DEC website

Click to view DEC's online spread prevention information


May 21, 2014

Lake George posts mandatory boat inspection program website

Beginning May 15, 2014, all trailered boats being launched into Lake George must undergo an inspection at one of the six regional inspection stations around Lake George before they launch. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that boats and trailers are clean, drained and dry, and are harboring no invasive species. Our goal is to keep Lake George clean for the future, so that we can all enjoy this lake in its current high quality state for generations to come. There is no cost to boaters for these inspections, or the washing of the boat and trailer if determined necessary by an inspection technician.

For more information, check out the Lake George Boat Inspection Website

May 21, 2014

Controlling Invasives on Your Property

Green Chimneys is holding an invasive education event for local landowners at their Clearpool Model Forest Campus. The Controlling Invasives on Your Property workshop will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus | 33 Clearpool Road, Carmel, New York.

Invasive plants can be the bane of a landowner’s existence. From Japanese barberry to black swallowwort, these plants can take over whole sections of property, reducing native plant diversity and affecting local wildlife.

Green Chimneys will hike to their Model Forest to view an example of ongoing back swallowwort control. They will also spend time outdoors identifying local invasive plants. Management tips and other resources for local landowners will be provided.

Moderate-level hike; lunch included.

Registration fee: $15

For registration information visit:

For more information:

Beth Rhines
Assistant Director of Programs
Green Chimneys 
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, NY 10512
845-225-8226 x605
845-225-6337 (fax)