Invasive Species Awareness Week

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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.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

This coming week, New York is holding its sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week to educate people about the non-native species and their impact on the ecology and economy.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

New York’s annual Invasive Species Awareness Week begins on Sunday. This year, the focus is on what individuals can do to stop the spread of the plants and animals.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that enter and harm an ecosystem.  Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state kicks off Sunday.  It’s a time when experts work with the public to increase awareness of the problem and how to prevent its spread.

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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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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

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.