Mar 8, 2013

USDA Releases New York 2012 Feral Swine Management Report

The 2012 Feral Swine Management Report, prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services program, is now available. This detailed report addresses the current status of this invasive mammal throughout New York State.

“Feral swine (Sus scrofa) are a growing problem all across the country and a serious concern for New York. They are highly adaptable and can exploit a diversity of habitat types, including states with harsh winters such as Michigan and North Dakota. Feral swine have a high reproductive capacity and populations can quickly expand to colonize new areas. Currently in New York, there are four breeding populations of feral swine, located in Onondaga, Cortland, Tioga, Sullivan, Delaware, and Clinton Counties. The breeding populations are thought to be a result of escaped swine from shooting preserves and breeding facilities. The Wildlife Services (WS) program in New York continues its management of these populations to eliminate them and the damage they cause.

Wildlife Services personnel have acquired access to 35 properties, comprising over 17,000 acres, in Cortland, Onondaga, and Tioga Counties to conduct feral swine management. In all, WS identified 43 individual swine, traveling either alone or in groups, and removed 40 of them by trapping 35 with corral traps and shooting 5 from treestands. No feral swine were captured or killed in Cortland County or Tioga County, and 3 feral swine were detected on trail cameras in Tioga County.

Feral swine are highly mobile disease reservoirs and can carry at least 30 viral and bacterial diseases in addition to 37 parasites that affect people, pets, livestock, or wildlife. WS performed disease surveillance by testing captured feral swine for classical swine fever (CSF), swine brucellosis (SB), pseudorabies (PRV), swine influenza (SIV), Hepatitis E Virus (HEV), and leptospirosis.

Other impacts that feral swine have had and potentially may have on the state of New York include natural resource (ecological) damage, agricultural damage, property damage, and threats to human health and safety.” (Executive Summary, New York 2012 Feral Swine Management Report)


Topics addressed in the report include:

Cooperating Agencies

Public Outreach


  • Population Reduction
  • Disease Surveillance


  • Population Reduction
  • Disease Surveillance

Impacts and Threats in New York

  • Natural Resource (Ecological) Damage
  • Agricultural Damage
  • Property Damage
  • Human Health and Safety


  • Management Challenges
  • Future Feral Swine Management in New York

An extensive literature review is also included.

Click here for a copy of the 2012 Feral Swine Management Report


For more information on feral swine in New York, contact:

Martin Lowney, CWB
State Director, New York
USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services
1930 Route 9
Castleton, NY 12033
(518) 477-4837

Mar 4, 2013

NYS Parks Volunteer FORCES invasives training

The Central Region of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites you to join their F.O.R.C.E.S- Friends Of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship!

This is a unique opportunity to participate in NYS Parks Volunteer FORCES - Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship program. As part of NYS OPRHP’s NY Works community conservation project to protect the rare and threatened American hart's-tongue fern at Clark Reservation and Chittenango Falls State Parks, the Central Region will:

  • Recruit, enlist and train10 citizen volunteers (i.e. Level 1 FORCES) to control and remove invasive plants during May through October, 2013 and beyond
  • Seeking candidates that have interest and commitment to the environment, conservation, community service and our parks
  • These are unpaid volunteer positions. However, participants could receive community service hours, resume experience or academic credit (if students). Time commitments may vary - but preference will be given to candidates that can provide over 20 hours of volunteer service per month
  • Each participant will be equipped with a "tool kit" to include GPS, mattock, loppers, hand pruners, U-Dig-It trowel, gloves, hard hat, safety glasses and backpack filled with other necessities (e.g., water bottle, First Aid kit, sunscreen, poncho, flagging, clipboard, etc.)
  • With time in the field and additional training, Level 1 FORCES volunteers will become Level 2 FORCES, where they will be qualified to train other assistant Level 1 FORCES and host community partner events.

The initial training session will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9 am - 12 pm at Clark Reservation State Park and the Central Region headquarters.  Lunch and an optional field visit to Clark (weather permitting) will follow the training.

Interested individuals who are unable to attend on March 23rd are encouraged to submit an application, as additional trainings may be scheduled until enrollment numbers are met.

Click here to view the promotional leaflet.

Click here to view and print the Clark Reservation FORCES application form.

NYS OPRHP anticipates that this program will be enrolled quickly, so please submit your application A.S.A.P., as the positions for the training will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis for qualified applicants.

Please contact Tom Hughes or Stephanie Smith (prior to March 9) for more information. You may also  submit your application electronically or via fax or regular mail to Stephanie's mailing address.

Tom Hughes
Natural Resource Steward Biologist
Central and Finger Lakes Regions
NYS OPRHP - Central Region
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
office - 315-492-1756
fax 315-492-3277

Stephanie K Smith
MPS Conservation Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
NYS OPRHP - Central Region
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
office - 315-492-1756
fax 315-492-3277


Mar 4, 2013

Lake Champlain Lake Steward job announcement

The Lake Champlain Basin Program and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) are seeking part-time boat launch stewards to deliver interpretive invasive species spread prevention messages to boaters on Lake Champlain during the summer of 2013.

Boat Launch Stewards will interact with the public and gather lake-user information while greeting visitors to Lake Champlain and familiarizing the public with invasive species information. Stewards will be requested to work eight-hour days for approximately thirty-two hours per week at select boat launches around Lake Champlain from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Stewards will be required to work most weekends. Time off by prior arrangement can be accommodated during this period. Mandatory training will be held May 20 -22, 2013 in Grand Isle, Vermont and Paul Smiths, New York.

The successful candidate will be well organized and have excellent communication skills, experience speaking with the public, demonstrated data collection and recording skills, proficiency using Microsoft Excel, and filed work experience. Basic familiarity with boaters, anglers, and recreational equipment will be useful. Highly motivated individuals with familiarity with invasive species and/or water recreation experience are encouraged to apply.

Send resume, a letter of interest including a description of relevant experience, and the names and contact information of two or more references by Friday, March 22, 2013. Send submissions to:

NEIWPCC, Attn: Human Resources
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854
 or via email to:


Click here to download full description of this position.