For those who visit, recreate or use the Lake, Invasive Species Awareness can mean many things:
- For anglers, it means not transporting wild bait or fish from one water body to another; it means using certified bait from a local dealer, disposing of unused earthworms or nightcrawlers in the trash, and making sure all fishing gear is “Clean, Drained and Dry.”
- For boaters, it means knowing that anything that comes in contact with water can carry invasive species, and need to be thoroughly cleaned and drained before moving around the Lake. It also means arriving “Clean, Drained, and Dry.”
- For swimmers, it means staying out of areas where Eurasian watermilfoil is actively growing, since the plant fragments and reroots very easily, and cleaning off visible plants, animals and mud from swimsuits, masks, goggles, floats and beach toys.
- For aquarium or pet owners, it means not releasing any aquarium plants or animals into the wild
- For property owners, it means checking labels of the plants for sale to ensure they are native to the area and are not considered invasive. See the native plant list on the LGA website: (search for Lake George native plants) https://www.lakegeorgeassociation.org/educate/science/plants-fish-wildlife/lake-george-native-plants/. (It also means joining the LGA’s Invader’s Watch program and using your Invaders Net to catch floating plant fragments in the Lake.)
- For hikers, it means being aware of your surroundings, and actively looking for infestations of species like the hemlock wooly adelgid (https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7250.html), as well as cleaning your boots, clothing and other gear of mud and debris after each outdoor adventure.
- For campers, it means using only local firewood for your campfires and burn it where you buy it.