KEENE VALLEY — This year marks the first Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York.
The Adirondack region will host a lineup of activities now through July 12.
The campaign offers opportunities for citizens to learn about the most threatening invasive species and ways to prevent and manage their spread.
Events are free, but pre-registration may be requested at some.
The lineup includes interactive activities such as an aquatic invasive plant interpretive paddle at Fish Creek Campground, a Japanese knotweed identification and mapping session in the Town of Bolton and a hemlock and balsam woolly adelgid symposium in Indian Lake.
There are also Ask-an-Expert sessions at the farmers markets in Old Forge, Paul Smiths and Plattsburgh.
Experts will be at the Visitor Centers in Paul Smiths and Lake George to help with invasive-species identification.
Boat-launch stewards are stationed across the region, ready to inspect boats and talk with boaters about steps to protect Adirondack waterways from aquatic invasive species.
The full schedule of events is online at nyis.info/blog/events.