New York State is celebrating its first Invasive Species Awareness Week
July 6-12, 2014!


Invasive species affect all New Yorkers - from hikers to highway personnel, from birders to boaters and from farmers to foresters.

The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to help stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action.



DEC COMMISSIONER MARTENS HOSTS INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK EVENT AT ROUND LAKE

July 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Agriculture and Markets will participate in New York’s first Invasive Species Awareness Week with a boat inspection demonstration at the new boat launch on Round Lake, the only DEC boat launch in Saratoga County. DEC staff will advise boaters on proper inspection techniques to minimize the threat of aquatic invasive species which can be harmful to human health, animal habitat, agriculture and tourism. On Monday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation designating July 6-12 as Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Invasive Species Awareness Week is part of an invasive species education campaign coordinated by The New York State Invasive Species Council (ISC), Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) and Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMS). The ISC is chaired by the state departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets.

WHAT:
Boat inspection demonstration in recognition of New York’s first Invasive Species Awareness Week

WHO:
Commissioner Joe Martens, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
First Deputy Commissioner Jim Bays, NYS Agriculture & Markets
Village of Round Lake Mayor Dixie Lee Sacks
Representatives of sporting and environmental groups

WHEN:
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Commissioner Martens and other to give brief remarks at 11 a.m.
Boat inspection activities until 2 p.m.

WHERE:
DEC’s new boat launch facility on Round Lake
Off of Route 9 in the Village of Round Lake, Saratoga County

NY Governor Cuomo proclaims July 6 – 12, 2014 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in the Empire State

Stating that “Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to New York’s biodiversity [. . .], causing or contributing to: habitat degradation and loss; loss of native fish, wildlife, and tree species; loss of recreational opportunities and income; crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock”, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo Proclaimed July 6 – 12 as “Invasive Species Awareness Week in the Empire State“.
Invasive species affect all New Yorkers – from hikers to highway personnel, from birders to boaters and from farmers to foresters. The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to help stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take actions to protect the state from further invasion.
NY ISAW Proclamation
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copy of the Proclamation

Capital District Community Gardens Invasive Species Clean-up

July 9, 2014 (Wednesday) from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Capital District Community Garden, 8th Street, Troy NY

Help us clear invasive Knotweed and garlic mustard and to plant some native habitat enhancing plants on the 8th Street garden hillside in Troy! We are continuing our partnership with Audubon New York and the local chapter, Audubon Society of the Capital Region on a bird friendly community enhancement project. Come on over, learn more about Audubon and help out!

We will be working at the 8th Street Community Garden with Audubon volunteers from 8 am -12 pm , Wednesday, July 9th (during invasive species awareness week).

Please RSVP to Laura at Lmccarthy@audubon.org. Bring water, work gloves, and sturdy shoes as the hillside is steep. Snacks will be provided. This garden is located on 8th street, next to the produce project.

Garlic Mustard Pulling and Pesto Party

July 8, 2014 (Tuesday) 10:00 a.m.

Grafton Lakes State Park

Garlic mustard is an extremely invasive plant that has arrived at Grafton Lakes State Park in recent years. It carpets the forest floor and prevents native plants from growing, plus the deer don’t eat it so nothing keeps it in check. Help us stop it in its tracks in a tasteful way, with a morning of harvesting followed by some pureeing with cheese and olive oil! Bring your baguette and some work gloves! This event is offered as part of Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Please pre-register: 518-279-1155

Niagara Escarpment Survey

On Saturday, July 12th, WNY PRISM will be surveying Western New York Land Conservancy’s Niagara Escarpment Preserve for invasive species.This 36.5 acre property, located in the Town of Lockport in Niagara County, has 1000 feet of the Niagara Escarpment, a unique geological formation often associated with unusual plants and ecological communities. This is a great opportunity to learn how to identify invasive species in the field and to see a beautiful preserve that is only open by appointment.

No experience is necessary – we will go over everything you need to know on the day.
Registration is required and due to the size and sensitivity of the site, we are limiting the number of participants to 8.

For more info and to RSVP, contact WNY PRISM at wnyprism@gmail.com  or (716) 878-4708

Jamestown Water Chestnut Pull

Jamestown Audubon Society
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

8:30am-12:00pm

If you love a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary needs you. Audubon is beginning the summer effort in its second year of continuing to remove the invasive Water Chestnut. Audubon is hoping service clubs, church groups, youth groups, and families choose days when they can join the many individuals who participate as a part of their community support. Please dress to be outside. We ask all volunteers to please confirm your participation: e-mail us at waterchestnut@jamestownaudubon.org or call The Audubon Center (716)-569-2345 and leave your name and contact info.

Jamestown Water Chestnut Pull

Jamestown Audubon Society
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

8:30am-12:00pm

If you love a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary needs you. Audubon is beginning the summer effort in its second year of continuing to remove the invasive Water Chestnut. Audubon is hoping service clubs, church groups, youth groups, and families choose days when they can join the many individuals who participate as a part of their community support. Please dress to be outside. We ask all volunteers to please confirm your participation: e-mail us at waterchestnut@jamestownaudubon.org or call The Audubon Center (716)-569-2345 and leave your name and contact info.