News

Jul 25, 2014

Western NY PRISM adds Facebook page and Google Events Calendar

In a move to better serve their many stakeholders and audiences, the Western NY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) has recently embraced the Internet to reach out and dialog with their partners and their public.

10 June 2014

Western PRISM's Google Calendar went live and is now constantly being updated with new information on regional events, festivals, volunteer opportunities and educational workshops that spotlight invasive species management, ecology and conservation issues. Discover what is happening near you in the western region of New York State by visiting the calendar at: Western PRISM Google Calendar

18 July 2014

Western NY PRISM has logged on with a new WNY PRISM Facebook page. The PRISM hopes to interact with its audiences, its partners, and members of the community as it shares local initiatives, volunteer opportunities and media from events. Please take a moment to visit the page and consider it a resource for sharing information on western regional invasive species as well as an opportunity to build the western community of invasive species fighters. You can visit the new Western PRISM Facebook page here:WNY PRISM Facebook

 




Jul 24, 2014

SLELO PRISM Gets New Five-Year Contract

July 17, Pulaski, NY.

SLELO PRISM Gets New Five-Year Contract

The St. Lawrence - Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM (SLELO) has announced that the PRISM has been notified by NYS DEC of a new fully executed SLELO contract. The contract is for 2014 through 2018 for invasive species prevention and management within the SLELO PRISM region (Oswego Jefferson, Oneida, Lewis, St. Lawrence Counties).

\This strongly reflects the commitment of the PRISM partners in supporting the numerous efforts throughout the region to address invasive species. The PRISM can now move confidently forward to  continue to implement its Strategic Plan for the prevention and management of invasive species.





Jul 23, 2014

STATE TAKES ACTION TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF EMERALD ASH BORER ON FIREWOOD IN ULSTER COUNTY

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Lisa King
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (518) 402-8000
 
State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture & Markets Destroy
Infested Firewood and Ash Logs at Firewood Producer/Dealer
 
Public Reminded to Be Aware of EAB Quarantine and Follow Firewood Restrictions
In response to a citizen’s tip, the New York State Departments of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) confiscated and destroyed infested
firewood and ash logs from a facility in Ulster County to prevent further spread of emerald ash
borer (EAB), an invasive species that kills trees.
 
A firewood producer and dealer offered ash firewood infested with living EAB for sale to
the public on Route 28 in the Town of Olive. If the infected materials were sold or transported
off-site, it could have led to the further spread of this invasive species in the region.
“The emerald ash borer is a destructive invasive species that poses a significant threat to
our forests, and we urge people to follow our regulations when handling firewood to prevent the
spread of this harmful insect,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “Through education and
early detection of new EAB infestation, we can reduce the environmental and economic damage
caused by this invasive species. People need to be aware of the dangers and be vigilant in their
efforts to avoid transporting EAB.”
 
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “The fight against invasive species
is one that is waged every day, and there is a great need to engage all New Yorkers in the fight
against these pests. This detection was made by a citizen who was aware that the transportation
of firewood has the potential to further the spread of EAB. Working with our partners at DEC,
we have successfully prevented infested firewood from being sold in Ulster County, which could
have potentially spread the emerald ash borer into uninfested areas.”
In Ulster County, forest health and enforcement staff from both DEC and DAM
determined the infested ash firewood posed a significant risk of spreading EAB to non-infested
areas, and the material had to be destroyed. Staff used a chipper on approximately14 full cords of
infested, cut and split ash firewood to destroy EAB in the material and prevent the emergence of
adult beetles. An additional 64 infested ash logs, intended to be processed into firewood, were
also destroyed at the site.
 
EAB is an Asian beetle that infests and kills North American ash species (Fraxinus sp.), including green, white, black and blue ash. All native ash trees are susceptible and most trees die within two to four years of becoming infested. The emerald ash borer is responsible for the destruction of over 50 million ash trees in the U.S. since its discovery in southeastern Michigan in 2002.
 
A significant area of New York State is under an EAB quarantine, including all of Ulster County (http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/42674.html). State and federal EAB quarantine regulations prohibit any movement of live EAB from a site where it is found, including movement of firewood or logs infested with EAB eggs, larvae, pupae or adults. New Yorkers and visitors are reminded to use only local firewood or heat-treated firewood that meets DEC’s firewood treatment standards. For more information on the import of movement of firewood, visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html.
 
Adult emerald ash borers (Agrilus planipennis) leave distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the outer bark of tree branches and the trunk. Adults are roughly 3/8 to 5/8 inches long with metallic green wing covers and a coppery red or purple abdomen. They may be present from late May through early September, but are most common in June and July. Signs of infection include tree canopy dieback, yellowing and browning of leaves.
Additional information, including how to identify the emerald ash borer, is available on DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7253.html. If an individual thinks EAB is present in firewood or local trees, call the DEC EAB and Firewood hotline at 1-866-640-0652.