If you’ve ever driven through the Town of Lake Luzerne, then you’ve probably seen the one small island on Lake Luzerne. That island is Ivy Island, and it’s recognized as the town’s most iconic image. However, in recent years, the island’s shoreline has begun to erode because visitors have neglected to care for the environment. To help, local groups have teamed up to try and save the island from further damage.
Saving Ivy Island
Although Ivy Island looks healthy from a distance, when you get up close, the amount of damage to the vegetation and soil is instantly noticeable. This is due to a number of factors, including picnickers leaving behind trash and snowmobilers riding over it during winter.
According to an article by the Post-Star, all of these actions have left the island in a much more dire state than in the past. In particular, the damage to the shoreline is spreading and the island’s vegetation is dying.
To help prevent any more erosion to Ivy Island, the Hadley-Luzerne Historical Society is working with the Town of lake Luzerne, Warren County Soil, and the Water Conservation District to begin a rehabilitation project.
Most recently, volunteers have laid down “grow-soxx,” large biodegradable tubes packed full of growing material, on the island’s shoreline. They then planted vegetation in these tubes to help encourage new plant growth on the island.
The use of grow-soxx in this manner is an experiment for these groups, and if it’s successful, there’s a chance the process could be used on Lake George islands.
What You Can Do To Help
While this project is underway, the best thing members of the public can do is stay off the island so the new vegetation can grow. “No Trespassing” signs were put up when the grow-soxx were added, and in the winter, snowmobiles won’t be allowed on the island when the lake freezes over.
In the meantime, visitors to the lake are welcome to take their canoe or kayak out for a paddle around Ivy Island.
Have you ever visited Lake Luzerne and seen Ivy Island?
- Post-Star – Treatment being tried to restore Lake Luzerne’s Ivy Island