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Brendan Querion wades into a stand of Giant Hogweed. Photo: Brian Mann
Brendan Querion wades into a stand of Giant Hogweed. Photo: Brian Mann

Giant Hogweed is a plant invader that threatens people as much as ecoystems

The last couple of decades, northern New York has been besieged by invasive plants and animals. The impact on the region's ecosystems has been profound. An invasive fungus called White Nose Syndrome has devastated once-thriving populations of bats. Zebra mussels and other non-native organisms are literally changing the chemistry of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

For the most part, however, the foreign invaders haven't posed a threat to human health. But now, scientists, environmentalists and farmers are battling a nasty invasive plant from Eurasia called giant hogweed. As Brian Mann reports, the massive plant can cause serious injury and even blindness.  Go to full article
Spiny water flea (Source: National Park Service)
Spiny water flea (Source: National Park Service)

Spiny water flea invades Adirondacks

Last week, biologists with New York's Conservation Department confirmed a new invasive organism in four southern Adirondack Lakes. The spiny water flea has been found in Sacandaga Lake near Speculator, Great Sacandaga lake, Peck Lake and Stewarts Bridge Reservoir. The tiny crustacean is already competing with native organisms and fish in Lake Ontario.

Brian Mann talked about the continuing wave of new invasive organisms with Hilary Smith. Smith is head of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program based in Keene Valley.  Go to full article

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