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[LIBERTY] – Invasive species affect all New Yorkers from homeowners, hikers and highway personnel to anglers, farmers and foresters. The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 6 to 12) is to stop the spread of invasive species by engaging citizens in a range of activities and encouraging them to take action.
Information and free identification of invasive species is available through Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. The public is urged to contact the CCE Master Gardener Volunteers if they suspect finding an invasive species on their property or in the region.
Invasive species include plants and animals, including insects and pathogens. They have negative impacts on forests, agriculture, wildlife, fish, shellfish and human health. They also diminish recreational areas. Even though only a small percentage of species introduced to an area become invasive, the damage they cause is significant. The need for a national early detection and rapid response system has been recognized in order to deal with this threat.
“Certain species should not be handled, so it’s always important to contact our office first when you think you’ve found an invasive species,” said Master Gardener Coordinator Susan Dollard.
CCE Master Gardeners will be available at a table with educational information this Saturday, July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rock Hill Farmers Market located at 223 Rock Hill Drive in Rock Hill.
More information about invasive species and horticulture in general can be obtained by calling the Master Gardener Helpline at 845-292-6180 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) to develop an early detection and rapid response system in the Catskill region.
For a calendar of events on invasive species education, go to http://www.nyis.info/blog/events/.