Management crews work to eliminate infestations throughout the Core Area. Image courtesy of APIPP

The Adirondack Park contains an estimated 600,000 acres of wetlands, most of which are in pristine, wild, and native states. APIPP’s control efforts aim to reduce the abundance of non-native Phragmites within the Core Area, in order to promote biodiversity of native species, maintain natural areas and their aesthetics, promote road safety by maintaining lines of sight, and prevent the continued spread of the species. Specific long-term control objectives for non-native Phragmites were established using The Nature Conservancy’s Invasive Plant Management Decision Analysis Tool (IPMDAT) and include:

  1. Eliminate all known non-native Phragmites infestations within the Core Area of the Adirondack PRISM that are outside of the town/hamlet areas by 2021.
  2. Eliminate all new non-native Phragmites infestations in the project area at a rate that is faster than they occur over the next 10 years.

These lofty management goals challenge staff and promote excellence in the program, have measurable outcomes to keep the project on track, and support multifaceted objectives that benefit nature and people.