The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) serves as the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), one of eight PRISMs across New York.
APIPP is a partnership program founded in 2008 by The Nature Conservancy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation and New York State Adirondack Park Agency and is housed by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Funding is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and administered via 5-year contracts through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
APIPP’s mission is to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of invasive species.
APIPP’s role is to serve as a clearinghouse of information, a coordinator of action, and a communicator of needs for invasive species issues affecting the Adirondack region. The program is only as strong as its partners and is open to any and all who are interested in participating. APIPP works throughout the Adirondack Park as well as in the northern portions of Franklin and Clinton Counties.
In the spring of 2013, APIPP finalized its five-year strategic plan.
The plan describes the vision for addressing invasive species in the Adirondack region and charts a path forward with clear goals and actions to stay on track. Many of the actions are already underway, but some key initiatives will require local ingenuity, state leadership, and sustained funding to maintain progress. The following list of initiatives provide an overview of APIPP’s approach.
- Coordinating Stakeholders and collaborating with partners to implement invasive species prevention and management solutions
- Building Awareness of invasive species impacts and what simple steps anyone can take to prevent the spread
- Preventing New Infestations by strengthening prevention programs and leveraging new prevention policies
- Enhancing a Regional Early Detection Network that empowers everyone to learn how to identify, detect and report new infestations
- Deploying Rapid Response Teams with the training and expertise needed to implement swift and effective management actions on new infestations
- Monitoring Results and Facilitating Restoration to document progress over time and ensure the return of native plants and wildlife
- Fostering Innovation and Adaptive Change to drive increased program effectiveness
- Leveraging Resources to the Region to implement the full suite of actions required to stop the spread of invasive species
Since APIPP’s founding, the program has grown to include more than 30 cooperating partner organizations, and over 700 volunteers. We thank all of our partners and collaborators who participate in the program and share their ideas, time, and resources.