Two close calls this summer have prompted new calls for state and federal lawmakers to do more to help protect the Adirondacks from invasive species. The discovery of a tiny insect, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, on an old growth hemlock tree near Lake George in early July, was the first infestation found in the Adirondack Park. While the infestation was small and in the early stages, forestry experts worry the insect could ravage stands of Eastern Hemlock trees across the Adirondacks, having a devastating environmental and economic impact. Also in recent weeks, an incredibly aggressive aquatic plant called Hydrilla was intercepted by lake stewards at a boat launch on Upper Saranac Lake. Hydrilla can grow at a rapid rate, forming dense mats of plants in lakes and ponds. This week we talk with the director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Brendan Quirion, about efforts to battle invasive species threatening forests and waterways within the Blue Line.

Millions from coast to coast watched the spectacular show in the sky this week. Here in the Northeast we only saw a partial solar eclipse, but it was still a memorable experience for hundreds who came to watch in the Adirondacks. Our Jack LaDuke was among them.

Paul Larson will tell us how two musicians visiting the Adirondacks are looking to make history and create a new appreciation for the harp.