Jun 25, 2013

Boat cleaning videos available

The 3 ½ minute Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers: Clean, Drain, Dry video, produced by the Lake George Association can now be viewed at   Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants and animals that threaten native plants, wildlife, and their habitat. They also affect humans by degrading boating and fishing areas and reducing lake shore property values and tourism. Once established, eradication is almost impossible. This video explains how you can help prevent the introduction of new invasive species into Lake George and other local waterways by making sure you clean, drain, and dry all boating, fishing, and other recreational equipment before you use it in a body of water.

More information about invasive species in Lake George and how you can help protect the lake can be found at the Lake George Association invasive species page:

The full 30 minute version of "Lake Defenders" A Public Television Documentary can be viewed on the Mountain Lakes PBS page at  Lake Defenders explores the ecological and economic issues of aquatic invasive species impact in Lake George, highlighting both the successes and mounting challenges faced by the shoreline communities that depend on a healthy lake system. The 30-minute educational documentary promotes public awareness and participation in stopping the spread of invasives, and provides a case study in management practices as a model for hundreds of communities nationwide. This project was created in partnership by Mountain Lake PBS and BrightBlue EcoMedia

Jun 25, 2013

Don’t Move Firewood PSA videos available on YouTube

Two great celebrity spokesperson Don’t Move Firewood Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos, narrated by extreme skier Glen Plake, are available on YouTube:

The 45 second Ski Bro Talk Trees by [extreme skier] Glen Plake can be found at  Speaking in his native tongue (“Bro”), Glen Plake talks about keeping trees and forests healthy by not moving firewood. In Don't Move Firewood's first celebrity video spoken entirely in Bro language, Glen communicates with his people about how much he likes to shred the pow, ski the gnar, and trip out on the big hills...while educating you on how buying local firewood will prevent the spread of invasive insects and diseases. As Don't Move Firewood always says, "Don't take wood from the hood -- jack it when you get there."

The 1 minute PSA Glen Plake Skiing for the Trees can be viewed at he world famous, extreme skier Glen Plake talks about the importance of keeping trees and forests healthy on the ski slopes. In Don't Move Firewood's first celebrity video, Glen shows off his killer Mohawk and sweet mogul skills while educating you on how buying local firewood will prevent the spread of invasive insects and diseases.

Learn more about how you can keep trees and forests safe from invasive species at This video was made by Don't Move Firewood with support and funding from The Nature Conservancy, USDA APHIS, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, and private foundations. Many thanks to Glen Plake for his time and effort from all of us at Don't Move Firewood!

Jun 24, 2013

Water chestnut found in Braddock Bay

Faculty and students from the Department of Environmental Science and Biology at Brockport State College confirmed the existence of a very small patch of water chestnut (Trapa natans) in the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) zone in the cove behind the east spit of Braddock Bay, Town of Greece, Monroe County. Unless removed, this sighting, in a heavily trafficked embayment of Lake Ontario could prove to become a seed population for introduction of this aquatic invaders into Lake Ontario or, on trailered boats, into other waters of New York State.