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.  


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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An invasive insect has been discovered moving further into the forests of Southern Vermont. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us a report about a migrating pest.

According to the State of Vermont, the hemlock wooly adelgid – a tiny invasive insect – has been found for the first time in Bennington County in the town of Pownal. The insect, which feeds on the sap from hemlock trees, was first brought to the US from Japan in the 1950s. In Vermont, the animal was first found in neighboring Windham county five years ago.