Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program Recognized for Protecting Adirondack Lands and Waters from Japanese Knotweed

On August 9, 2014, Hilary Smith, on behalf of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Adirondack Land Trust (ALT), and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), presented the “Adirondack Conservation Hero Award” to the Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program (RIIPP). The award was given in recognition of RIIPP’s outstanding community-based efforts to protect Adirondack lands and waters from Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant that chokes rivers and streams, harms native plant and wildlife habitat, impairs recreational access, and damages infrastructure.

Douglas Johnson accepted the award, and thanked Inlet town clerk, Patty Wittmeyer, Inlet Supervisor, John Frey, the many invasive plant coordinators across the Adirondacks, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, APIPP, Adirondack Watershed Institute, and the many property owners and donors who have made this effort possible.

Pictured from left to right Hilary Smith (APIPP), Douglas Johnson (RIIPP), Brendan Quirion (APIPP), Michael Carr (TNCALT). ©Erika EdgleyTNC
Pictured from left to right Hilary Smith (APIPP), Douglas Johnson (RIIPP), Brendan Quirion (APIPP), Michael Carr (TNCALT). Photo by Erika Edgley.

 

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