Mar 9, 2015

The NYS DEC Forest Health & Protection Program 2014 Giant Hogweed Annual Report is now available


The DEC Forest Health giant hogweed crews and partner agencies (Oswego SWCD and four PRISMs [Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management] -- APIPP, CRISP, Lower Hudson, and SLELO) had an extremely productive field season which resulted in the following achievements: 

  • 1,495 (93%) of the 1,613 active sites located throughout 47 counties in NY State were visited
  • 501 sites previously infested (28% of all sites), no longer had any giant hogweed plants
    • 239 of these sites have been monitored for 3 years with no plants found and we now consider them eradicated
  • 516 sites had only 1-19 plants (34% of active sites). The sites are getting smaller in size
  • 556 sites were treated with root-cutting- 22,255 plants controlled
  • 551 sites were treated with herbicide- 397,000 plants sprayed
  • 316 sites were treated with flower/seed head removal- 7,677 flower/seed heads removed
  • The hotline, based out of the New Paltz DEC office, received 2,491 calls and emails


Click here to access a PDF of the 2014 DEC Giant Hogweed Program Report.


For more information:

Naja Kraus
Forest Health & Protection Botanist, Division of Lands & Forests
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(845) 256-3001

Mar 3, 2015


NYSDEC Seeks Giant Hogweed Control Personnel

NYSDEC Forest Health and Protection is looking for staff to control the invasive plant giant hogweed throughout central and western NY on private and public lands. The job entails educating the public about giant hogweed, contacting landowners, controlling giant hogweed using herbicide or root-cutting control methods, collecting site information and creating GIS polygons. It is a very rewarding but physically challenging position. The Department is looking for professional, self-directed people with strong communication skills who have the ability to identify and control giant hogweed.

Four one-person crews will use a manual root-cutting control method and four two-person crews will use primarily herbicide control methods. These four month positions will start April 20 and will be located out of one of several Regional DEC offices in Regions 7, 8 and 9 (Allegany, Avon, Buffalo, Cortland, Depew, Savannah).

Giant hogweed is a non-native invasive plant with sap capable of causing injury to humans. In addition to being a public health hazard, giant hogweed plants decrease plant diversity and can lead to soil erosion. More information about giant hogweed can be found at DEC's giant hogweed website and at the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse website.

See the attached complete job description. Applicants should supply a letter of intent, resume, and contact information for three professional references. First review of applications to begin March 4th.

The contact person for further information is Naja Kraus:


Mar 3, 2015


Western NY PRISM seeks Education/Outreach Assistant and Invasive Species Management Crew

The Western NY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) is seeking a 2015 Education and Outreach Assistant as well as a 2015 Invasive Species Management Crew.

The Education and Outreach Assistant will be involved with the development of education and outreach materials, programs, events, and opportunities throughout the region, and help maintain and update our website and community events calendar.

The Invasive Species Management Assistants (3) will participate in invasive species surveys and mapping, assist with invasive species control and removal efforts, and represent WNY PRISM at community events.

Full job descriptions and online application can be found here:

For more information, contact:

Andrea Locke
WNY PRISM Coordinator
Great Lakes Center, SAMC 319
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
(office)  716.878.4708