APIPP provides regional invasive species programming and coordination, including invasive species prevention, surveillance, mapping, management, monitoring, education, and outreach. In addition, APIPP conducts priority invasive species research, through collaborations with partner organizations and external contracts. This helps influence policies and leverage support for new initiatives. APIPP has three full time staff (a Program Coordinator, Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator, and Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator) and a seasonal intern. APIPP also contracts seasonally with professional invasive plant management companies that serve as invasive species regional response teams. These teams typically consist of four field staff working full-time from late-June through late-September and assist with surveying, monitoring, and managing priority invasive species infestations. The teams receive working orders from APIPP staff, but are self-directed in the field.
The partnership is guided by the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management – Invasive Species Strategic Plan, written by a subset of APIPP staff and partners, and approved by the whole partnership in 2013. The plan is periodically reviewed by partners through the APIPP listserv and at bi-annual APIPP meetings.
From 2011 through 2013, APIPP received funding from an anonymous private foundation to pilot an invasive species response team approach, which supported seasonal staff to address invasive plant infestations across the Adirondack PRISM. In 2014, a lapse in funding greatly reduced the work completed; however, because of the successful results of the pilot team’s work, APIPP’s new 2015 contract with the NYSDEC contained funding for response teams over the next five years. This contract funding is provided through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund out of the invasive species line. Moving forward, APIPP will continue to focus intensive management efforts in the Core Area, but will gradually expand into surrounding areas of the PRISM over time.