Nov 2, 2012

NYIS.INFO posts new Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, species profile

The New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse website (NYIS.INFO) has posted a new species profile: Corbicula fluminea, or Asia clam. This peer-reviewed, scientifically accurate profile can be read by clicking here. The profile will be followed in the near future with companion aquatic invasive species educational materials, a tri-fold brochure and a four-page factsheet.

Sep 28, 2012

Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Coordinator sought


The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development seeks a Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CIRSP) Coordinator. The Catskill Center serves as the host organization for CRISP, one of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) in New York.  The Coordinator’s role is to oversee the activities of the partnership and support partner organizations in their efforts while fulfilling the obligations of a NYSDEC contract.

Location: The CRISP Coordinator is based out of The Catskill Center in Arkville, NY

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resources, environmental science, biology, botany, ecology, or other related field.  At least one year of experience working in the field of invasive species control, outreach, or management and a high level of understanding of the invasive species issues facing the Catskill Region.

Letters of interest and resumes should be submitted before October 15th to:
Fax: 845-586-3044
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
PO Box 504 
Arkville, NY 12406
Contact Alan White at 845-586-2611 or with questions.

Click here for Job Announcement and Duties

Sep 21, 2012

Hydrilla Discovered in Erie Canal in North Tonawanda

Hydrilla, considered by many to be one of the worst aquatic invasive plants in the world, has been discovered by a US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda. The identity of the plant was confirmed by experts at a Hydrilla symposium last week in Syracuse.

Coupled with last year’s discovery in the heart of the Finger Lakes in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca, NY, this new discovery could signal a very high threat of spread in New York and beyond via natural water flow through the Niagara River, the Erie Canal and NYS Barge Canal system, and to inland waterbodies and rivers, as well as the Great Lakes by recreational boating (likely the highest risk vector for spreading the plant).

Boaters, anglers and others recreators on New York’s waters are asked to help stop the spread of this and other aquatic invasive species by inspecting their boats and gear for any plants, mud or tiny animals, removing any such hitchhikers, and cleaning and drying all boats and gear. The use of DEC’s aquatic invasive species disposal stations at boat launches is urged when available.

Hydrilla can out-compete native aquatic plant species and dominate aquatic ecosystems. It is easily spread due to its ability to from plant fragments, overwintering buds, and tubers.

Click here for the NYS DEC's full press release.

Click here for the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse Western NY / Erie Canal Hydrilla brochure

Click here for Rev. 3.0 of the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse statewide 3-fold brochure Statewide on Hydrilla impacts and prevention.

Click here for the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse factsheet on how to ensure a boat is Hydrilla-free before winterizing

Click here to visit the Clearinghouse's Hydrilla species profile