Brendan Quirion

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This is Invasive Species Awareness week in New York.  Coordinated through regional PRISMs — Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management — this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.” Recently, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley sent a picture of an insect to Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program Director Brendan Quirion asking him if it was an invasive beetle.  It wasn’t. Quirion says a number of invasive species are near twins to native species — and that can make detection challenging.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Invasive species are increasingly challenging communities and biologists as the plants and animals encroach on native species.  Plants and animals like the spotted lanternfly, giant hogweed and spiny waterflea can cost thousands, if not millions, of dollars to control once they encroach on an area. This coming week, New York will hold its sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week to help educate people about the problem. The effort is coordinated through regional PRISMs or Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management.  In northern New York, research and control efforts are coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.  Director Brendan Quirion tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley awareness week is one of the most important statewide education and outreach events.