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Volunteer Opportunities
 
LPSA is a non-profit organization, powered by VOLUNTEERS.

With more volunteers, we will be a stronger organization, and we can accomplish even more. Please review the activities listed below. If you have any interest, please contact one of the people listed here. – Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm!

LAKE SHORE MONITORING

What can you do to help protect the health of lakes in the Adirondacks? You can volunteer to spend a few hours of your time this summer in your canoe or kayak patrolling the shoreline of your lake to look for aquatic invasive species. Each summer, LPSA volunteers survey over 30 miles of shoreline on lakes in our area to watch for invasive plant species. At the beginning of each summer season, Jim Olsen and Peter Tobiessen host a training session for the volunteers, to train them how to identify various potential invasive species. The volunteers patrol the shorelines by boat to watch for these invasive plants. If any suspicious plants are found, the plant’s location is reported and a specimen is collected for further analysis and confirmation. If the plant is an invasive that we do not want in our lakes, LPSA will work with county and state organizations to work on eradicating the invader before it becomes too firmly established in our lakes.

In 2018, our 36 lake shore monitors logged over 100 hours on this activity. Fortunately, no suspicious plants were found this summer. THANK YOU to all the volunteers who participate in this important program. If you would like to join this team, please send an email to Jim Olsen. 



SHARING INVASIVE SPECIES INFORMATION AT FARMER’S MARKET

In recent years, LPSA has hosted a booth at the weekly Farmer’s Market in Speculator to raise awareness of the threats of invasive species in our area. A variety of aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal species pose threats to the health of our waters and woodlands. Helping residents and visitors to be aware of these threats helps to reduce the possibility that these invasive species will be introduced to our lakes and forests.

LPSA wants to continue this work, and we are looking for volunteers for this important activity. If you are willing to volunteer a few hours each week, or a few hours at two or three Farmer’s Market days this summer, we can teach you all you need to know to help with this activity. Or, if you are willing to help by coordinating the scheduling of other volunteers, that would be welcome assistance also. Please contact Tom Rippere at  if you would like to volunteer or get more information.



SOCIAL OUTINGS

Each summer, LPSA volunteers plan and organize “social outings” which provide an opportunity for LPSA members to spend time together, while visiting a local scenic spot, a local museum, an historic site, or other place of interest. While LPSA’s primary purpose is lake ecology, a few events with friends are always fun. If you are willing to plan and organize such an event, we would love to have your help. Please contact LPSA President Lyn Van Druff.



SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR LAKE STEWARDS

Each summer, we need a number of Lake Stewards to monitor boat ramps in the area to educate boaters about the threats of aquatic invasive species and to inspect boats and trailers that might be contaminated with invasive species traveling from other lakes. We also need summer staff to operate a boat wash station that provides a free wash to any boats and trailers coming into our area to remove any invasive species which might otherwise be introduced to our lakes.

These summer employees are hired through the Adirondack Water Institute (AWI) at Paul Smith’s College, in collaboration with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), with funding from DEC, the Town of Lake Pleasant, and LPSA. Interested applicants should contact one of the following for additional information:

  • Eric Paul, Assistant Director, Adirondack Watershed Institute, Paul Smith's College (phone 315-244-7154, epaul@paulsmiths.edu


NEWSLETTER EDITOR / WEB MASTER

LPSA uses a variety of media channels to share information with our members. We are looking for a volunteer to plan and organize (edit) the articles for our twice-a-year newsletter. We are also seeking someone who can help manage our website, by posting news items and keeping our website information current. If you can help with either of these areas, please contact either LPSA President Lyn Van Druff  or LPSA Vice-President Tom Rippere .



NEW DIRECTORS FOR LPSA

Our organization needs new Directors each year to bring new ideas and energy to our Board. If you are interested in becoming a Board member, or you know someone who might be a good candidate, please complete this Application for LPSA Director [add hyperlink to Word file A008A] and email it to LPSA President Lyn Van Druff  and LPSA Vice-President Tom Rippere, for review.



COMMITTEES, OTHER IDEAS & QUESTIONS

Lastly, we would encourage any member who would like to be involved on any of our committees to please make you desires known. As a Board, we may not be aware of any interests or skills that you might be willing to share. Remember, if we all pick up One stick, we’ll have enough for a bonfire.

If you have any other ideas, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the people listed below:

  • LPSA President – Lyn Van Druff
    Email: LynLPSA@gmail.com
    Mail: LPSA, P.O. Box 164, Speculator, NY 12164-0164
    Text: cell phone 610-299-1391 
 
 
 

Volunteer Opportunities
 
LPSA is a non-profit organization, powered by VOLUNTEERS.

With more volunteers, we will be a stronger organization, and we can accomplish even more. Please review the activities listed below. If you have any interest, please contact one of the people listed here. – Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm!

LAKE SHORE MONITORING

What can you do to help protect the health of lakes in the Adirondacks? You can volunteer to spend a few hours of your time this summer in your canoe or kayak patrolling the shoreline of your lake to look for aquatic invasive species. Each summer, LPSA volunteers survey over 30 miles of shoreline on lakes in our area to watch for invasive plant species. At the beginning of each summer season, Jim Olsen and Peter Tobiessen host a training session for the volunteers, to train them how to identify various potential invasive species. The volunteers patrol the shorelines by boat to watch for these invasive plants. If any suspicious plants are found, the plant’s location is reported and a specimen is collected for further analysis and confirmation. If the plant is an invasive that we do not want in our lakes, LPSA will work with county and state organizations to work on eradicating the invader before it becomes too firmly established in our lakes.

In 2018, our 36 lake shore monitors logged over 100 hours on this activity. Fortunately, no suspicious plants were found this summer. THANK YOU to all the volunteers who participate in this important program. If you would like to join this team, please send an email to Jim Olsen. 



SHARING INVASIVE SPECIES INFORMATION AT FARMER’S MARKET

In recent years, LPSA has hosted a booth at the weekly Farmer’s Market in Speculator to raise awareness of the threats of invasive species in our area. A variety of aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal species pose threats to the health of our waters and woodlands. Helping residents and visitors to be aware of these threats helps to reduce the possibility that these invasive species will be introduced to our lakes and forests.

LPSA wants to continue this work, and we are looking for volunteers for this important activity. If you are willing to volunteer a few hours each week, or a few hours at two or three Farmer’s Market days this summer, we can teach you all you need to know to help with this activity. Or, if you are willing to help by coordinating the scheduling of other volunteers, that would be welcome assistance also. Please contact Tom Rippere at  if you would like to volunteer or get more information.



SOCIAL OUTINGS

Each summer, LPSA volunteers plan and organize “social outings” which provide an opportunity for LPSA members to spend time together, while visiting a local scenic spot, a local museum, an historic site, or other place of interest. While LPSA’s primary purpose is lake ecology, a few events with friends are always fun. If you are willing to plan and organize such an event, we would love to have your help. Please contact LPSA President Lyn Van Druff.



SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR LAKE STEWARDS

Each summer, we need a number of Lake Stewards to monitor boat ramps in the area to educate boaters about the threats of aquatic invasive species and to inspect boats and trailers that might be contaminated with invasive species traveling from other lakes. We also need summer staff to operate a boat wash station that provides a free wash to any boats and trailers coming into our area to remove any invasive species which might otherwise be introduced to our lakes.

These summer employees are hired through the Adirondack Water Institute (AWI) at Paul Smith’s College, in collaboration with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), with funding from DEC, the Town of Lake Pleasant, and LPSA. Interested applicants should contact one of the following for additional information:

  • Eric Paul, Assistant Director, Adirondack Watershed Institute, Paul Smith's College (phone 315-244-7154, epaul@paulsmiths.edu


NEWSLETTER EDITOR / WEB MASTER

LPSA uses a variety of media channels to share information with our members. We are looking for a volunteer to plan and organize (edit) the articles for our twice-a-year newsletter. We are also seeking someone who can help manage our website, by posting news items and keeping our website information current. If you can help with either of these areas, please contact either LPSA President Lyn Van Druff  
(LynLPSA@gmail.com) or LPSA Vice-President Tom Rippere (TomLPSA@yahoo.com).



NEW DIRECTORS FOR LPSA

Our organization needs new Directors each year to bring new ideas and energy to our Board. If you are interested in becoming a Board member, or you know someone who might be a good candidate, please complete this Application for LPSA Director [add hyperlink to Word file A008A] and email it to LPSA President Lyn Van Druff  (LynLPSA@gmail.com) and LPSA Vice-President Tom Rippere 
(TomLPSA@yahoo.com), for review.



COMMITTEES, OTHER IDEAS & QUESTIONS

Lastly, we would encourage any member who would like to be involved on any of our committees to please make you desires known. As a Board, we may not be aware of any interests or skills that you might be willing to share. Remember, if we all pick up One stick, we’ll have enough for a bonfire.

If you have any other ideas, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the people listed below:

  • LPSA President – Lyn Van Druff
    Email: LynLPSA@gmail.com
    Mail: LPSA, P.O. Box 164, Speculator, NY 12164-0164
    Text: cell phone 610-299-1391