Remove Non-native Invasive Vegetation
R4Remove Non-native Invasive Vegetation
1 point possible
Why this matters to the lake?
While the majority of non-native vegetation is not yet a major problem, some introduced species are spreading quickly and now pose a threat to native flora surrounding the lake. Long-term efforts to mitigate aquatic invasive species in the lake exist, but the non-native, invasive vegetation on land must also be a priority. These plants are characterized by high rates of growth and/or significant seed production. In addition, they have no native predators. Given these factors, non-native, invasive plants crowd native species, depriving them of light and nutrients and upsetting the balance of native habitats.
- Restore local ecosystem services and limit further damage by removing non-native, invasive plants found on site
Contact local native plant societies, invasive plant organizations, environmental organizations, and state agencies and learn to identify invasive plants on site. When removing invasive plants, limit the levels of disruptive activity wherever possible. The most basic invasive removal methods include hand pulling or cutting back vines or shrub seedlings, mowing broadleaved herbaceous plants, and digging up roots and rhizomes of spreading species. The application of organic, non-persistent herbicides to target specific species is a last resort and may be applied with proper precautions. If organic herbicides are used in close proximity to open water they must be approved for aquatic use. Protect existing natives during the process of non-native removal. The area where invasive removal occurred should be revegetated with native species immediately following removal.
- One point is awarded for a Proposed Site Plan that identifies non-native and/or invasive species and proposes a removal and disposal plan of all non-native, invasive vegetation to the maximum extent possible by the conclusion of the project.
Include the following information with application:
✓ As part of the Proposed Site Plan, show whether or not invasive species are present on the project site, and include methods for identifying and removing existing non-native, invasive species.
- New York Flora Society
- "The Terrestrial Invasive Plant Initiative of the Lake George Land Conservancy." Lake George Land Conservancy, Web.
- Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
Existing Regulatory Guidance/Requirements
Town of Bolton Waterfront Revitalization Plan