NYS DEC seeks comments on proposed invasive species regulations
NY's proposed invasive species regulations with lists of species proposed for prohibition and regulation are out for public comment. There will be no DEC press release on these regulations; thus, the Department is relying on the State's eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) and the network of stakeholders on the NY Invasive Species Advisory Committee and beyond to spread the word.
Hearings will be held in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Stony Brook between December 11th and December 17th. Information on the hearings and all documents related to the proposed regulation are on DEC's website and are in links from this page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html
Express terms (i.e. regulation language) is here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/93848.html
The listing process dates back to 2009/10. A presentation with questions and answers was given by Dave Adams at the November monthly PRISM meeting. This is a good primer and is available here: https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=68060797&rKey=bdafc3c706157f33
For more information, contact:Leslie Surprenant NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Invasive Species Coordination 625 Broadway, 5th Floor Albany, NY 12233-4756 518-402-8980 firstname.lastname@example.org
orDave Adams NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Invasive Species Coordination 625 Broadway, 5th Floor Albany, NY 12233-4756 518-402-8980 email@example.com
Mile-a-Minute vine detected in Sullivan County
Mile-a-Minute vine was detected in Cochecton, Sullivan County . This is the first known instance of this priority early detection species in the Catskills region. Residents of the area are being asked to be particularly careful when moving plants and soil around and to keep your eyes open for this invasive species (even in winter, old vegetation can still be visible). CRISP (the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership) is organizing an action plan for this species and occurrence.
Click for photos of mile-a-minute vine:
Click for a map of the Cochecton sighting
Aquatic invasive species prevention video for paddlers available
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine, from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, ME, an historic 740-mile canoe and kayak route of flat water, swift water, and whitewater, on a range of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.
Aquatic Invasives threaten the evolved integrity of our waters as well as the quality of our recreational paddling experiences. In the past, many thought of aquatic invasive species as a problem more for larger motorized or sailing craft than for smaller paddled craft such as kayaks and canoes. We now know, however, that all watercraft can serve as carriers of these plant and animal invaders. This NFCT video explains how kayakers and canoeists, by following a few basic "Best Practices" can avoid being carriers of aquatic invasive species.
Click here to view the 10 and 1/2 minute NFCT Clean-Drain-Dry video.