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Saturday, December 09, 2023

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Fifth Annual Water Chestnut Pull


Join us in our ongoing effort to keep the boat launch above the dam navigable.  Learn about invasive species first hand!  It is dirty and tiring work, but the path has been getting a bit easier every year.  Both boat based and land crew needed. 

Register online in advance here to receive free lunch.

Date:  Saturday July 13, 9 to 3 Rain or Shine

Location:  Johnsonville, NY

Time:  9-4 – but partial day commitments are also welcome

Place:  Boat Launch on Hoosic River just above the Johnsonville Dam – on River Road.  Those bringing boats should come to the Boat Launch to unload/load, but then may need to move their cars to the Johnsonville Fire station for overflow parking, depending on turnout.  Food and bathrooms will be available at the Fire House about a quarter nil from the launch all day.

Job Description: Hand pull, collect, and prepare for disposal the invasive water chestnut plant that is choking the boat launch. There will be three crews working in tandem – boats, waders/shallows, and shore.  Each crew requires different equipment and skills.

The boat-based crew is asked to supply their own canoe/kayak/rowboat, and life jacket, although there will be a few extra boats and life jackets available and a need for “barge crews”. Hand pulled weeds will be placed into collection baskets and passed to either the shallow water crew or to rowboats/large canoes acting as “barges”.  This task is the most physically demanding, and where the most volunteers are needed.

A limited number of waders will be available for the use of the shallow water crew – those who have their own should bring them.  The seeds of this invasive have sharp thorns and good soles are highly recommended.  The shallow water crew will collect baskets from the boat-based crew to pass to the shore crew (and pass empties back to be refilled), as well as pull shallow weeds.  Youths under age 16 will be required to wear life jackets for this activity.

Shore crew requires footwear with good soles.  Full baskets will be dumped in designated areas and empty ones conveyed to the shallow water/barge crew.

All should wear weather appropriate clothing and expect to get wet and dirty.

Water, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.  Any specific dietary needs should be conveyed at registration.  Nitrile gloves, collection baskets, and a boat washing station to prevent the spread of invasive species will be provided.  The job requires average to good fitness and a pleasant disposition.

Starting time is 9AM with check-in and crew assignment, and setting the line for the path clearing.  Partial day commitments are welcome.  This is a big (and multi-year) job.  We have a modest goal of clearing a path to the shore.  We want to know the name of every individual that participates so that we can properly acknowledge and thank them, so registration in advance is strongly encouraged.

Contact/Register:  Kristina Younger, or 518-527-6577.

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Invasive Species/Peatland Restoration workday at Wyomanock Center for Sustainability

Naturalist Series

Help restore the largest and best example of a calcareous peatland in Rensselaer County. The Wyomanock Center is hosting a volunteer "restoration workday" led by Dr. David Hunt. Following a presentation on the ecological significance of the site, the threats posed by invasive species, and how to identify the target invasives, participants will remove as many of the invasive plants as possible from this special wetland. Wear footwear for wet habitats and bring work gloves. Lunch provided.

Meet at the Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living; park at the dirt parking area on the north side of Wyomanock Road, about .5 mile west of NY Route 22 in Stephentown.

Register online and for questions, contact David Hunt at 518-279-4124. No charge.

Event can be used as credit toward becoming a Rensselaer Naturalist.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

Invasive Species

Identification Guides

Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species. 2nd edition. 2013. Kaufman and Kaufman.
Species Profiles at NY Invasives Species Information
Identification Resources at iMapInvasives
Identification Guides at Capital Mohawk PRISM 
Finger Lakes Invasive Species Field Guide 

Information about Invasive Species

Capital Mohawk PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management)
Invasive & Nuisance Species (Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia and Greene Counties)
iMapInvasives New York
New York Invasive Species Research Institute including Best Management Practice Guides
NY Invasives Species Information
Online Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species in Northeastern North America




Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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