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News stories tagged with "invasives"

Is "rock snot" the next invasive species threat in the Adks?

Researchers say the invasive algae didymo, widely called "rock snot," is spreading throughout Vermont and the Lake Champlain basin. Found last week east of Burlington, the algae could make its way into Adirondack waterways, and once it establishes a presence, it's just about impossible to control or eradicate. Scientists say the algae forms large mats along the bottom of waterways and chokes out native plants. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

DEC tickets drivers for transporting firewood

As seasonal residents and tourists start returning to the Adirondack North Country, the Department of Environmental Conservation is stepping up enforcement of bans against transporting firewood.

State environment officials are worried that visitors from other parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario will bring in wood infested with invasive insects.

Officials in these areas confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adeljid and Asian Longhorn Beetle. Each could devastate northern New York forests. But there are early signs that the DEC's efforts to contain--and even eliminate--these bugs are paying off.

Jerry Carlson is the department's chief of forest health and protection. He tells Jonathan Brown that after two years of trying to educate the public about the dangers of hauling infested firewood, the DEC is taking action.  Go to full article

For first time, Park Agency allows chemical herbicide in Adirondack lake

For the first time ever, the Adirondack Park Agency will allow the use of a chemical herbicide to kill invasive water plants inside the blue line. More than 1500 pounds of triclopyr will be used in Lake Luzerne in the spring, in an effort to fight Eurasian water milfoil. Yesterday's precedent-setting decision comes as more lakes and ponds across the Adirondacks are struggling with the invasive weed. As Brian Mann reports, this outcome reflects a dramatic shift from the debate over fighting milfoil on Lake George.  Go to full article

Great Lakes states push for federal action against Asian carp

The invasive Asian carp and its potentially devastating impact on the Great Lakes were the focus of a Congressional hearing in Washington yesterday.

The agressive fish has already infested the Mississippi River basin, and traces of its genetic material have been found in Lake Michigan for the first time.

Illinois temporarily closed navigational locks near Chicago to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. Representatives of the states surrounding the lakes are pressing the federal government to do more, faster. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Asian carp. Photo: The Environment Report
Asian carp. Photo: The Environment Report

Asian Carp update

A big monster of a fish is at the center of a US Supreme Court case. Asian Carp are making their way up the Mississippi towards the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Michigan's Attorney General - along with New York and several other Great Lakes states - filed a lawsuit asking the Court to close a Chicago canal in order to keep the carp out. The shipping industry says the consequences would be devastating. Jennifer Guerra has a closer look at what's at stake.  Go to full article

Invasives a growing threat to Adirondacks

Adirondack Park Agency commissioners were given a status report yesterday on what's considered to be the biggest threat to the ecology of the Adirondacks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Invasive milfoil grows aggressively in Lake Placid

An invasive plant has been found thriving in Lake Placid. Variable-leaf water milfoil now covers nearly half an acre of the Lake. Hilary Smith is director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. She says worries are growing over how this strain of milfoil could harm aquatic life. And she tells Jonathan Brown the invasive plant could spread quickly to other Adirondack Lakes.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Emerald Ash Borer

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the Emerald Ash Borer, the insect behind those purple traps we're seeing hanging from trees all over the North Country.  Go to full article
The Emerald Ash borer..
The Emerald Ash borer..

Ash-chewing beetle joins the list of invasives hitting New York

Last week, New York's Conservation Department announced that yet another invasive species has arrived in the state. This one, the Emerald ash borer, could be devastating. Millions of trees have already been ravaged by the tiny, green beetle, from Michigan to southern Canada. Brian Mann spoke with Robert Davies, head of the DEC Division of Lands and Forests.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: the hows and whys of ash borer research

New York scientists have been on the alert for the Emerald ash borer since it appeared in Michigan in 2002. Gregory Warner went to the Syracuse in 2005 to track the beetle with DEC researchers. In our latest Story 2.0, here's what he found out about how they were looking for the beetle, and more on why they're worried.  Go to full article

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