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Apr 21, 2014

Volunteer Training for Invasives Strike Force Surveyors Scheduled

The Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has
scheduled a series of volunteer training for Invasives Strike Force surveyors.  The sessions teach methods that can be used for linear, non-scientific surveys. Hiking trails are targeted, but the same methods could be used for park boundaries, roadsides or other linear surveys. aTtendees are taught  how to identify 14 common invasive plants and how to record and report data. Students leave with a survey assignment at a park of their choice. If you have parks you’d like surveyed, please try to recruit a volunteer or have interns or staff attend a training.    

Registration is required and can be done on-line at the links below. Classes are 9:00 – 4:00 and include indoor classroom-style instruction plus outdoor practice. All classes are free. Space is limited. Please click on the class/date you are interested in:

Saturday June 21 - Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Ringwood, NJ

Sunday June 22 -  Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Ossining, NY

Saturday July 12 - Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Stony Point, NY

Sunday July 13 -  Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Bedford Hills, NY

 

Sunday May 18 - Refresher for Returning Volunteers, Mahwah, NJ  - half-day class, appropriate for those who already know most of the plants

 

Also taught for experienced Invasives Strike Force volunteers is a second set of 11 plants which are just emerging as invasives in the region (but may be common in some parts of the region).  These are half-day classes that would be appropriate for those who already know many of the common invasives and already know the survey methods. Please click on the class/date you are interested in:

Saturday May 31 - Advanced (Phase 2) Plant ID, Englewood, NJ

Sunday June 8 - Advanced (Phase 2) Plant ID, Mahwah, NJ

For more information on the program, the list of species it targets, and the parks that are offered for assignments, see the Trail Conference's web site at http://nynjtc.org/invasives

Contact information:

Linda Rohleder, Ph.D.
Director of Land Stewardship
Coordinator, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Office: 201-512-9348
E-mail: LRohleder@NYNJTC.ORG


 





Apr 21, 2014

Lower Hudson PRISM 2013 Annual Report Available

The Lower Hudson PRISM annual report for 2013 is now available. The report describes all of the PRISM partners' accomplishments with respect to invasive species work for 2013.

Click here to view the document.

For more information:

Linda Rohleder, Ph.D.
Director of Land Stewardship
Coordinator, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Office: 201-512-9348
E-Mail:  LRohleder@NYNJTC.ORG




Apr 14, 2014

USDA announces $20M to target wild hogs

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $20 million effort to reduce the increasingly expensive damage caused by wild hogs in rural areas. Under the new program, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will work directly with states to manage populations and test for diseases such as swine fever.

The invasive wild hogs, known as feral swine, are n ow found in 39 states, causing damage ranging from killed livestock to property destruction. In recent years, costs related to wild hogs have exceeded $1.5 billion a year.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, the invasive species is especially prolific with females commonly producing two litters per year. Adults typically weigh 200 pounds but can exceed 400 pounds.Wild hogs are able to carry and transmit up to 30 diseases and 37 different parasites, the USDA states. "Feral swine are one of the most destructive invaders a state can have," Undersecretary for Regulatory and Marking Programs Ed Avalos said in the statement. "It's critical that we act now to begin appropriate management of this costly problem."

APHIS's Wildlife Services division will administer the new program. Of the total cost, $9.5 million will go toward state projects; initial funding will be based on the extent of feral swine damage in a state. Other funding will be divided between establishing procedures for disease monitoring and conducting research on control practices, among other activities. Congress provided the $20 million in funding for the program in fiscal 2014. The administration hopes to have the program fully operating within six months.

A pilot program in New Mexico in fiscal 2013 removed more than 640 hogs on 4.8 million acres throughout the state, APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea testified at a House of Representatives hearing. APHIS estimates the program saved New Mexico residents $360,000 in property damage. Through the national program, APHIS hopes to eliminate feral swine in 10 states within seven years, Shea said in written testimony.