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Free invasive species info available at extension


July 31, 2013

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) to develop an Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) system in the Catskill region. The public in the Catskill region is urged to join in this task.

In recent years there has been an increase in awareness that introduced invasive species are having a significant impact on economies, environment, and health. Many of the currently known invasive plants causing problems today were originally imported as ornamentals. Recent increases in global trade, including trade in ornamental plants, have created new opportunities for the spread of both intentional and non-intentional exotic species.

It is estimated that only 1% of the species introduced every year will become invasive. Even though this is a small percentage, the damage caused is significant. 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. The need for a national early detection and rapid response (ED/RR) system has been recognized in order to deal with this increasing threat.

Research has shown that the best strategy to deal with invasive species is to identify and eradicate them before they become established.

Information and free identification services for potential early detection species is available at the CCE office in Liberty. If you suspect you have found a new invasive species, on your property or anywhere in the region, call 845/292-6180 or email sullivan@cornell.edu.