Invasive Species Awareness Week

Invasive Species Awareness Week

The Jumping Worm
Image by Susan Day/UW–Madison Arboretum

The Jumping Worm

The Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly

Invasive Species Awareness Week

July 8th to July 14th 

While we should all work everyday to combat invasive species, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties would like to encourage everyone to set aside July 8th to July 14th for Invasive Species Awareness Week. During this week we encourage you to learn how to identify and combat the invasive species that may put your area at risk. 

Please check out the events below that are happening in or around Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Pakatakan Farmers' Market

As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, CRISP staff will be joining the NYC DEP to staff a table at the Pakatakan Farmers' Market on July 7th. We’ll be answering your questions about invasive species from 9 am to 2 pm.

Kenneth Wilson Mile-a-Minute Survey Training

Saturday, 7/7 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Kenneth Wilson State Campground, Mt. Tremper NY
Come help keep our campgrounds free of invasive species! A new highly invasive climbing vine, Mile-a-Minute, has been spotted near Kenneth Wilson State Campground. Mile-a-Minute is an aggressive annual vine that can shade out shrubs and wild flowers, and poses a threat to the Catskills ecosystem. Together we will survey Kenneth Wilson campground to make sure Mile-a-Minute doesn’t spread on to the property, pulling any vines that we find. 

Paddle and Pull−Water Chestnut Removal at Goodyear Lake

Sunday, 7/8 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Kick off Invasive Species Awareness Week with a water chestnut pull in the Stump Lot portion of Goodyear Lake. Otsego County Conservation Association and the Goodyear Lake Association have been partnering for a decade on removing the highly invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans) by hand. Come enjoy the results on a leisurely paddle, and we’ll pull any water chestnuts we find. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in one of ours! Meet at 1 p.m. at the Portlandville Fishing Access Site on State Route 28, just south of the County Road 35A bridge. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Preregistration required here

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) training workshops 

Monday, July 9, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County (in cooperation with the Watershed Agricultural Council), 34570 State Highway 10, Suite 2 Hamden, NY 13782. To register, email Carla Hegeman Crim at ceh27@cornell.edu or call 607-865-6531.

Hemlock Health Hike

Monday, 7/9 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Rider Hollow Road Trailhead, Rider Hollow Road, Arkville NY
Come learn more about hemlock health and see an old growth hemlock stand! This will be a somewhat rigorous hike, close to a mile each way and steep. Long pants are highly recommended as the trail is overgrown with stinging nettle at one spot. We will talk about the important impact hemlocks have on ecosystems, the impact of hemlock woolly adelgid, an invader from Japan, and what is currently being done to manage this invasion.

Mile a Minute Pull in Narrowsburg

Tuesday, 7/10 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Skinners Falls Parking Lot, Narrowsburg NY
Mile a minute vine is an aggressive invasive vine native to Asia that has been found in the Catskills region. This vine grows incredibly quickly, shading out other native vegetation.As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, CRISP staff will be partnering with the National Park Service to teach about identification and control of mile a minute vine. Learn all about best management for this aggressive invader and help us to pull it from a heavily infested site near the Delaware River.

Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven Survey Training

Tuesday, 7/10 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Onteora Lake, Kingston NY
Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive plant hopper native to China that has been moving through Pennsylvania since it was first discovered there in 2014. Last year, a dead adult lanternfly was found in Delaware County, NY. This insect could represent millions of dollars in lost revenue to New York’s fruit industries. Come learn about the invasive spotted lanternfly, how to identify both it and its invasive host, tree of heaven. Learn who to report sightings of this pest to, and where to check for egg masses.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Phenology Training

Wednesday, 7/11 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Catskill Interpretive Center, Mt. Tremper NY

Come help keep our campgrounds free of invasive species! A new highly invasive climbing vine, Mile-a-Minute, has been spotted near Kenneth Wilson State Campground. Mile-a-Minute is an aggressive annual vine that can shade out shrubs and wild flowers, and poses a threat to the Catskills ecosystem. Together we will survey Kenneth Wilson campground to make sure Mile-a-Minute doesn’t spread on to the property, pulling any vines that we find.

Japanese Knotweed Removal at Mohican Farm in Springfield

Wednesday, 7/11 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Japanese knotweed is a highly-invasive plant that is spreading rapidly across the region. Learn to recognize knotweed, and get your hands dirty as we try to control a patch of it here at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and hand tools useful for grubbing tough, persistent roots out of the ground. Meet at Otsego County Conservation Association’s Mohican Farm office, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Contact Jeff O’Handley for information or to register, at 607-282-4087 or programdirector@occainfo.org

Woodstock Farm Festival

Wednesday, 7/11 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM, 6 Maple Ln, Woodstock, NY 12498, USA
As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the CRISP team will be staffing a table at the Woodstock Farm Festival on July 11th. We’ll be answering questions about invasive species from 3:30 to 7:30.

Japanese Knotweed Pull at Thorn w/ Michael

Tuesday, 7/12 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Thorn Preserve, 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock NY
Come learn all about Japanese knotweed biology and control methods at the Thorn Preserve at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock NY. As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, CRISP staff will be leading an instructive group pull of Japanese knotweed. We'll also be covering other common invasive species such as Japanese barberry, mugwort, and garlic mustard.

Invasive Species Overview

Tuesday, 7/12 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’, AgroforestryResource Center, Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Invasive species are here! They are the plants, insects, animals and/or pathogensthat are not native to our region. These invasive species often leave their natural enemies behind,allowing them to proliferate unchecked, causing extensive damage to our local ecosystems. Somespecies such as Giant hogweed can also be a threat to human health.In the upper Hudson Valley and Catskill region, we are faced with a number of invasive species thatwill require understanding options available to manage and control them, as well as resources toassist these efforts. This free program will provide the basics about common invasive species in ourregion. We will also focus on the recent expansion of Emerald ash borer and Hemlock woolly adelgid,and provide information about the 2018 Early Detection invasive species coming into the region.Knowing how to deal with certain invasive species will help you manage their spread and in someinstances can eradicate them, so being appropriately informed and updated is essential. Registeronline: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/InvasiveOverview2018_... or by calling 518-622-9820 x100.

Making Paper from Invasive Plants

Thursday, 7/12 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, CCE Ulster County 232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza) Kingston, New York 12401
In acknowledgment of New York Invasive Species week, July 8-14, our Community Horticulture Program is hosting this fun and informative class on making paper from both recycled and invasive plant material. We will first give a brief discussion on invasive plants in New York State. Then, the fun begins!

  • Every participant will create and leave with their very own artisan paper creations.
  • Participants are encouraged to share their war stories and battle strategies for combatting invasives.
  • A handout will be provided with more resources on utilizing invasive plants in many different ways.

Instructors: Marjorie Colao-Pullman is a Master Gardener and a Master Forest Owner, as well as a local artist presently working with re-purposed and/or recycled materials to create mixed media pieces. Registration is just $15/person, and space is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is requiredby July 4. Two ways to register:

For more information, contact Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 x335 or email dm282@cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.

"To Be Forever Wild" Screening with Director David Becker

Friday, 7/13 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper
The late Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey once called To Be Forever Wild "an important and breathtaking film about one of the most beautiful places on earth—its sights, its wonders, its people. The film reminds us that the Catskill Mountains are a national treasure.” On Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m., the Catskill Interpretive Center is pleased to welcome Director David Becker, his film crew and surprise guests for a very special screening of To Be Forever Wild. The event is free and open to the public.

Protect the Hemlocks! Fence-raising at Thorn Preserve

Saturday, 7/14 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Thorn Preserve, 55 John Joy Rd in Woodstock NY
Join us to replace the fencing that protects our hemlock insectary from deer browse. In 2014, we planted 200 hemlocks with the goal of those seedlings growing into a hedge to be used for raising Laricobius nigrinus for release in the Catskills. Those seedlings are still growing and will be protected by a new metal deer fence.

Invasive Species Teach-In

Saturday, 7/14 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Wilber Park, Oneonta NY
Celebrate New York State's fifth Invasive Species Awareness Week with an Invasive Species Teach-In at the Wilber Park upper pavilion in Oneonta between 11am and 3pm. Local botanist Donna Vogler and her team from SUNY Oneonta will share their expertise about invasive plants with displays, activities for kids and adults, and a plant identification booth. See examples of common invasive plants, discover how to report new infestations, and learn what is being done to control them. You may bring suspicious plants or weeds for identification—bring either a good cell phone photo or bring the plant sealed in a gallon Ziploc bag. Unknown insects may also be dropped off for later identification. Insects must be sealed in a bag and frozen overnight, i.e., they must be dead). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by OCCA, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), and the City of Oneonta.

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) training workshops

Monday, July 16, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY 12754.To register, call 845-292-6180 or email Dayna Gaeta at dlv45@cornell.edu

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) training workshops

Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY 12457. Pre-registration not required. For more information on this workshop, email outreach@monitoringash.org

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) training workshops

Monday, 7/23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, The Extension Center, 173 South Grand St, Cobleskill 12043.For more information and to register, call 518-234-4303, or email schohaire@cornell.eduRegistration is open through Friday, July 20, 2018.

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) training workshops

Tuesday, 7/24, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), Mohican Farms, 7207 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown, 13326 (~8 miles north of the Village). For more information and to register, call 607-282-4087, or email programdirector@occainfo.org Registration is open through Friday, July 20, 2018.

Contact

David Cox
Ag Program Leader
dgc23@cornell.edu
518-234-4303 x119

Last updated July 12, 2018