Invasive Species

A new rule is in effect to prevent invasive insects from entering Vermont's forests on untreated firewood.

  For a long time, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine “natural” ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. But what if the traditional view of ecology is wrong—what if true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders?

In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey across six continents to rediscover what conservation in the twenty-first century should be about. The case for keeping out alien species, he finds, looks increasingly flawed. As Pearce argues, mainstream environmentalists are right that we need a rewilding of the earth, but they are wrong if they imagine that we can achieve that by reengineering ecosystems.

FUND for Lake George

More than three dozen people are hitting the waters of a popular Adirondack lake to search for an aquatic invasive species that can adversely impact water quality.

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The battle against the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has decimated thousands of tree across America, has moved to the city of Albany, where officials are scrambling to mount a counteroffensive.

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New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week.  The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species is patterned on an effort that began in the Adirondacks.

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Researchers at an Adirondack college are questioning whether yellow perch are really a non-native "alien species" competing with the native brook trout in the Park’s waterbodies.

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The Lake Champlain Basin Program confirmed late last week that the invasive spiny water flea has entered Lake Champlain. The zooplankton threatens to disrupt the food chain and could become a nuisance to anglers.

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At the annual meeting of the Lake George Association, those working with the civic group reported on the past year’s conservation efforts on one of the region’s most valuable natural assets.

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New York’s junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Lake Placid Monday to discuss federal legislation that would help control the spread of invasive species.

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Advocates for Lake George are taking steps to monitor and prevent the spread of an invasive species along the lakeshore that could threaten native butterfly populations. 

Kristen Rohne, Education Coordinatior for the Lake George Association, said while her organization was checking on a native-plant buffer garden at the Rainbow Beach Homeowners Association in the Town of Bolton, a homeowner asked her team to take a closer look at a plant he hadn’t seen before, growing along the shoreline.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed this week Invasive Species Awareness Week. It’s the first statewide effort to educate and engage the public in on-going efforts to prevent and control the spread of non-native invasive species.

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New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has begun removing trees around a reservoir in Ulster County to limit the impact of an invasive beetle.

The New York City DEP Friday announced it has started the removal of some 2,000 ash trees to limit the impact of the emerald ash borer.

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Environmental groups are weighing in on proposed regulations by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to halt the spread of invasive species. 

The New York State Department of Conservation is currently accepting comments on proposed regulations that identify specific invasive species of plants, algae, animals, insects, and fungi and supply language on how those species should be handled to halt or limit their spread, which cause harm to native species in New York and beyond.

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The Lake George Park Commission has approved a mandatory boat-washing and inspection program to protect one of New York's most popular lakes from invasive species.

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The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors has passed a local law to prevent the spread of invasive species, but the law applies only to Lake George.

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Groups and communities working to prevent invasive species from entering Lake George received a boost from the federal government Friday.

Officials are warning that the recent wet weather in the Northeast could have an effect on the amount of mosquitoes, and precautions are being taken to control the risk of disease that could be passed on to people and animals. 

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The Lake George Park Commission held the first of two public hearings on its draft aquatic invasive species prevention plan Tuesday afternoon. While most who attended expressed support, some are concerned about how the plan could affect boaters’ access to the lake.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is proposing an early detection and rapid response grant program to combat aquatic invasive species before they spread to new waterways.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Two organizations in the region have received national awards for their work to control and prevent the spread of invasive species.

NY works on invasive species plan for Lake George

Jan 22, 2013
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators are working on a long-term plan to protect Lake George from invasive species, possibly including mandatory boat inspections.

The Lake George Park Commission had been developing plans for inspections and washing, with a $40 fee. The commission now says that plan is on hold while the Department of Environmental Conservation drafts an environmental impact statement, seeks public input, and considers alternatives.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake George Park Commission have announced a strategic plan to address invasive species in Lake George. But critics say the policies won’t help the invasives fight.

The NYS DEC and the Lake George Park Commission on Wednesday announced a series of actions intended to prevent the spread of invasive species during the 2013 boating season.

The plan includes expansion of the Lake George Association’s boat steward program by two months.

A more comprehensive public outreach and education program will be developed and implemented and there will be more patrols by DEC and Park Commission officers trained in aquatic invasive spread prevention.  

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An invasive forest pest commonly found in New York and Southern New England was recently discovered in New Hampshire, and now it’s prompting state officials there to clear hundreds of acres of forest land to prevent the spread of the insect. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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At a public meeting in Pittsfield, a panel of state and federal officials heard comments from landowners and stakeholders in the forest products industry about how Massachusetts should protect itself from further infestation of an invasive forest pest. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In the basement auditorium of Pittsfield’s public library, state and federal officials discussed the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Berkshire town of Dalton, ways to prevent the spread of the insect, and answered questions from a packed house of attendees.

The EPA has announced a series of grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to target invasive species.  Among those receiving money is a small college in the midst of the Adirondacks.

Five organizations in New York State will receive a total of 1-point-4 million dollars to assess and reduce the spread of invasive species.  Paul Smith’s College’s Watershed Stewardship Program will receive just under 400-thousand dollars to continue a watercraft inspection program at boat launches in the western Adirondacks.  Director Eric Holmlund.

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In the Berkshire County town of Dalton, state officials announced the first confirmed detection of an invasive insect in Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the state Department of Agricultural Resources announced in Dalton that the Emerald ash borer has been detected in the Commonwealth. DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert…

A report has been published that assesses the accuracy of  scientific hypotheses that predict how invasive species will spread and affect ecosystems.

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Connecticut officials say a beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found in the state for the first time.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Friday that the emerald ash borer was found in Prospect on Monday by experiment station staff members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the identification.

State officials also suspect an infestation in Naugatuck State Forest, but that hasn't been confirmed.

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