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The Lake George Association
April 2013
Lake George Association

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LGA Receives National Award for Aquatic Invasive Species Education

LGA-receives-national-awardThe major national groups that coordinate the battle against invasive species have announced the 2013 National Invasive Species Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the dedication and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal officials; private citizens; and volunteers in preventing and controlling invasive species.

The Lake George Association has been selected as the 2013 recipient For Outstanding Achievement in Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach and Education for our Lake Steward program, which combines prevention measures to stop the spread of invasive species with public outreach and education, while collecting invaluable invasive species data.

To learn more about the Lake Steward Program, click here.

To learn more about the awards and the other winners, click here.


Lake Steward Program Ramping Up For 2013 Season

lake steward photo Since the LGA began managing the Lake Steward Program in 2008, we have been constantly working to improve and strengthen it every year - and 2013 will be no different.  We are still working on final details now - but we are planning to hire more stewards and to start the program earlier than ever before.  We are working on having Lake Stewards at a few locations in early May - with the normal program and coverage starting Memorial Day weekend as usual. We are also working on possibly adding new locations this year, and extending coverage into the fall later than usual as well.

We are still looking for applications for Lake Stewards, particularly for the north end at Rogers Rock and Mossy Point. 
Click here for the job description and how to apply.  Please help spread the word to someone you think might make a good Lake Steward!


Call for Entries for 6th Annual Lake George Bookmark Design Contest

Entries are now being accepted from students in grades 4-7 attending schools that are part of the Lake George watershed: Whitehall, Lake George, Bolton, Ticonderoga, Queensbury, Fort Ann, Putnam, Warrensburg, and Lake Luzerne.

GOK_MySummerPlace logo for web 2The bookmark theme this year is My Summer Place. This summer, the Lake George Association is partnering with the Hyde Collection as part of their exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, showing June 15 – September 15, 2013 at the Hyde.

We encourage students to consider the art work of Georgia O’Keeffe and this theme for this year’s bookmark. As part of this year's theme, the Curator of Education at The Hyde Collection, June Leary, is offering a museum presentation and bookmark art activity to classrooms free of charge. Contact her at 792-1761, ext. 327 or jleary@hydecollection.org.

Entry forms can be found online here. Entries can be mailed or dropped off at the LGA office. The deadline for entries to be received is April 26. For questions please contact Jillian Trunko at 668-3558 or jtrunko@lakegeorgeassociation.org

2012 winning bookmark
2012 Winning Bookmark Entry

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Spring Clean Up and Lawn Care

Well the ice is out and spring is finally here! While we are all excited to get outside and get to work - please be sure to still keep lake-friendly lawn care in mind while you are out enjoying the warm weather.

It is best to wait until your yard is pretty dry and good and firm underfoot before you start your spring clean up of raking or removing twigs and other debris. Making a mess in a muddy yard doesn't only make a mess -  it can compact soil and damage grass, making for a less healthy lawn and allowing for more weed growth later on in the season.  The healthier you can keep your lawn, the lower maintenance - and the more lake-friendly - it will be!

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Also don't forget  about  the NYS Phosphorus-Free Fertilizer Law that went into effect state-wide last year.
 
The law prohibits the use of fertilizers that contain phosphorus on lawns except when a new lawn is being established or a soil test has indicated a need for additional phosphorus.

As of April 1st every spring you are allowed to begin to fertilize your lawn with a phosphorus-free fertilizer.  However, it is not advisable to fertilize this early in our area, as the grass isn't really even growing yet, and it is more likely that the fertilizer will just end up being washed into the lake by spring rains rather than doing any good for your lawn! 

We  suggest not fertilizing your lawn at all - but if you are going to - wait until just after Memorial Day (early June)  or until the late Fall. And remember  to be sure to use a phosphorus-free product. 

Click here to learn more about Lake-friendly Lawn Care and ways to have a healthy lawn without fertilizing!

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