2016 New York Invasive Species Awareness Week


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During New York’s Third Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 10-16, events are being held across the state to raise awareness about invasive species. We continue to promote NY’s “Stop the Invasion: Protect NY from Invasive Species” campaign and are joining NY State in raising awareness about native alternatives for gardening/landscaping (Part 575 regulations) as well as adoption of best management practices to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives via recreational boating (Part 576 regulations). Invasive species affect us all, and we all can make a difference in stopping their spread. Learning about which species are problematic and reporting infestations can prevent them from becoming widespread. NY’s lands and waters are worth protecting!

Paddle and Pull in Goodyear Lake
Sun, July 10, 3pm – 4pm
Portlandville Fishing Access Site, State Route 28, Portlandville, NY 13834

Kick off Invasive Species Awareness Week with a two-hour tour of the Stump Lot—the northernmost portion of Goodyear Lake—and learn about some of the invasive species that threaten aquatic ecosystems. Should we find any, we’ll pull any water chestnut plants along the way. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in an OCCA canoe. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Highway 28 in Portlandville at 3 p.m. Contact: Jeff O’Handley, OCCA, (607) 282-4087, or programdirector@occainfo.org Sunday, July 10, 2016, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Portlandville Fishing Access Site, State Route 28, Portlandville, NY 13834

Mile-A-Minute Survey & Removal
Mon, July 11, 10am – 2pm
Cochecton, NY 12726

Join CRISP and National Park Service staff in pulling Mile-A-Minute weed at the only location of the plant in the CRISP region. Learn how to identify Mile-A-Minute and participate in helping to remove it. Bring gloves, lunch and water. Wear long pants, dress for the weather, and take precautions against ticks. Contact John Thompson, CRISP Coordinator, jthompson@catskillcenter.org, 845-586-2611 or 845-707-3556 to preregister and for meeting place and other details.

Film Screening: "The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A Film About the Loss of an Ecosystem"
Wed, July 13, 2pm – 3pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 New York 23A, Hunter, NY, 12450

Description Please join us for a screening of Chris Foito's invasive species documentary entitled "The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A Film About the Loss of an Ecosystem," followed by a Q&A session with forest health experts Mark Whitmore (Cornell University), Bob O'Brien (NY State Parks), John Thompson (Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator) and Dan Snider (CRISP Field Projects Manager). This event is part of New York’s Third Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week. During the week of July 10-16, events are being held across the state to raise awareness about invasive species. Watch a trailer for the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBlb73RlQ2U&noredirect=1

Digging Knotweed
Wed, July 13, 5pm – 7pm
Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Japanese knotweed is one of our most obnoxious plants. Learn to recognize knotweed and help us as we try to get a patch of it under control at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and other hand tools useful for grubbing persistent roots out of the ground! Contact: Jeff O’Handley, OCCA, (607) 282-4087, or programdirector@occainfo.org

Emerald Ash Borer Walk
Fri, July 15, 10am – 12pm
Meet @ NYC Parking Area @ junction of County Road 42 & State Route 28A in West Shokan, Ulster County

July 15th Emerald Ash Borer Walk with NYC DEP 10am-12pm Meet at Parking Area @ junction of County Road 42 & State Route 28A in West Shokan, Ulster County. The ash trees surrounding the Ashokan Reservoir have been impacted severely by this devastating insect. See for yourself how the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation (DEP) has been managing their loss of ash trees with DEP Forester—Todd Baldwin. No fee. Pre-registration required. For more information—(845) 586-3054 or cfa@catskill.net

Catskill Aquatic & Terrestrial Invasive Species Info
Sat, July 16, 9am – 2pm
Pakatakan Farmers Market, 46676 NY-30, Halcottsville, NY 12438

New York City Department of Environmental Conservation and Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership will be at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market with an informational table on aquatic and terrestrial invasive species that threaten the Catskills on Saturday, July 16th 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information on visiting the market: http://roundbarnmarket.org/