According to National Invasive Species Management Plan, an invasive species is "a species that is non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." This definition was adopted by the NYS Invasive Species Task Force. The Task Force refined the definition stating that to be considered "invasive", a non-native species‛ harm must significantly outweigh any benefits. The NYS Invasive Species Task Force website also provides descriptions of priority invasive species in the area.
If you have any questions about invasive species locally or if you think you have an invasive species to identify or report, please contact David Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 234-4303 or 296-8310.
Learn how to identify the Emerald Ash Borer, monitor your Ash trees, detect and report possible EAB in your trees, and more, with resources we've compiled on this site.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE) is collaborating with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Program (CRISP) and the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) to host two, single-session workshops
The NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets recently confirmed that the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in Delaware County, New York. The pest targets ailanthus trees and attacks a variety of crops (grapes, hops apples and forest products).
Giant hogweed is one of New York's most striking and dangerous invasive plants. Learn how to recognize and manage it safely on our site.
Also known as Alabama Jumper, Jersey Wriggler or Crazy Snake-Worm, this worm has the potential to alter the character, functionality, and make-up of our landscapes and forests.
Learn about Wild Parsnip, and invasive plant you really want to avoid!
Last updated July 6, 2018