Dear Long Laker,
We need your support! The Long Lake Association, whose mission is to preserve and enhance the health and beauty of the lake and to promote its wise use for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations, needs your financial support now!
The health and beauty of Long Lake is critical to our community and it is under threat from Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) that are already in the park. A neighboring lake has spent $1.5M (initial clean up) and approximately $200K every year since dealing with Eurasian and Variable Leaf Watermilfoil. Infestations from AIS can ruin fishing, swimming, motor boating and all other forms of water-based activities, as well as potentially lowering property values. Many of these AIS cannot be completed eradicated.
For Long Lake, we are relatively lucky, since we only have Variable Leaf Watermilfoil (VLM) in limited areas that have not spread. Since the summer of 2008, the Long Lake Association has sponsored a Lake Steward Program with generous financial and volunteer support from Long Lake residents, in collaboration with and support from the Town of Long Lake, Paul Smith’s College, NYS DEC, the Nature Conservancy, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program and state and federal grants.
Check out the 2018 pamphlet of all the good things we have been doing over the years, but we need to continue to do more. Aquatic Invasive Species too often come in the back door, when no one is watching, so we need to ensure that we have Lake Stewards daily, a local Boat Wash Station available throughout the season, and ongoing Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program (survey and hand harvest). These programs cannot continue without additional financial support.
Our goal is to establish both short and long-term funding for these critical programs. We will continue to pursue grant funding from all sources available, as well as work closely with the Town, but our current sources of funding do not cover all daily requirements and are at risk long term. With this in mind, we started the Long Live Long Lake campaign in 2018 and continue to ask for your financial support.
Please donate to the Long Lake Association because keeping invasive species out of our lake cannot wait. Here's how:
Contributions to the Long Lake Association are tax deductible. The Long Lake Association is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Thanks in advance for your continued support!
Long Lake Association
Carma and Steve Flannery, Co-Chair Long Live Long Lake Campaign
Barbara Taylor, President