Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nuisance Invasive Species

In recent years, Nuisance Invasive Species have become a growing threat in New York State. They cost taxpayers millions of dollars in damages to our environment each year and and some can even harm our health.

What is an Invasive Species? According to the NY Invasive Species web site; “An invasive species is a species that is not native to the ecosystem under consideration, and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health which outweighs the species' benefits.

Most of us are familiar with some of the aquatic invasive species like the Zebra mussel, but terestrial invasives are becoming even a bigger threat to our yards, gardens, farms and forests in upstate NY. Experts are growing very concerned with our newest threats the Asian long-horned beetle and the Emerald ash borer.

Aquatic invasives are still a big concern for all of us here in the Finger Lakes. Folks who live and recreate on Owasco Lake are all familiar with invasives like eurasion milfoil and zebra mussels. Other invasives like the water chestnut, spiny water flea and japanese knotweed are becoming more widespread and we should all be aware of what to look for and how to properly remove them.

I encourage you to learn more about the threat from some of the newest invasive species through the links I have listed at the end of this blog. In the future, we will also try to keep a seperate "sidebar" of Invasive links on this blog.

- Lakeman

link to NY State Invasive Species web site:

Fingerlakes Prism aquatic invasive species site:


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