Thursday, February 25, 2021

Prevent the spread of invasives: upcoming webinars

Hemlock woolly adelgidUpcoming Learning Opportunities

Each of the following presentations will take place online.

Take Action Against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Part 2) (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program) – Wednesday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Participants will learn how to adopt a trailhead, carry out self-guided HWA field surveys, and collect environmental data using iMapInvasives, a free, easy-to-use, mobile mapping tool. Register in advance onlinePart 1 of this webinar will occur on 2/25 from 3-4:30 pm.

Non-native Invasive Earthworms 101: From the Nightcrawler to the Jumping Worm (North American Invasive Species Management Association) – Wednesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. – This presentation will discuss what makes most earthworms invasive species in North America, as well as how to identify the differences between invasive worm groups and how you can participate in documenting them. Register in advance online.

Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species: Best Practices for Adirondack Anglers (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program) – Wednesday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Aquatic invasive species are almost always introduced to new areas by people – on our waders, on our boats, or in our bait buckets. Protect the waters you love to fish and prepare for early season angling in the Adirondacks by understanding best practices to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals. Register in advance online.

Do you know that you can easily help prevent the spread of invasive plants, even in winter? No matter the season, seeds can hitchhike to new locations by catching a ride on our boots, clothing, gear, and even pets. But it’s easy to stop them – all you have to do is check yourself and your companions for seeds or mud before and after your outdoor adventure. Scraping your boots and brushing off seeds are simple first steps you can take to ensure you arrive at your next destination ready to Leave No Trace.

Learn more from Play Clean Go about what you can do to prevent the spread of invasive plants all year long.

Photo of hemlock woolly adelgid provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

One Response

  1. Vanessa says:

    HWA is gonna be a big problem in the next 10 years. I may have mentioned that I spotted some afflicted hemlock in my local park. Had a good talk with the arborist (yes, big city parks have arborists – everyone should have a friendly local arborist), and basically where I live it’s been an issue for years and they’ve given up on the stand that is infected. They are replanting white pines and waiting for the trees to die enough so that no one complains when they’re cut down. They tried numerous treatments. It just doesn’t get cold enough here anymore to kill HWA.

    Counties north of that Lake George infection got cold enough this winter, but the Saratoga region did not. Do please adopt trails all! From what I understand, it won’t kill every hemlock, but once a big enough infection is there it’s beyond any human means to treat.

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