From NCPR Blogs:
The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that state environment officials are still trying to contain an outbreak of destructive feral hogs around the town of Peru, on the fringe of the Adirondack Park. “DEC is continuing...
Back in January, NCPR’s Brian Mann reported on the feral pig problem in the North Country. The story garnered a lot of comments, probably because of its juicy headline–”Feral Hogs Invade Champlain Valley,...
This morning, I reported that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is blasting Federal officials for proposing new ballast water treatment rules that DEC commissioner Joe Martens describes as neither adequate nor effective. I also...
New York state has faced intense political pressure to scrap tough ballast water rules designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Canada and other Great Lakes states hate New York’s rules, which require...
Sometimes it seems like the Adirondacks just can’t catch a break. Harsh winters, big storms, a tough economy And now? Yup, feral pigs. That photograph was taken by New York state biologists in Peru, just on the fringe of the blue...
News stories tagged with "invasives"
by Brian Mann
Sep 12, 2007 — This month, biologists in New York and Vermont are spreading a chemical in a half-dozen rivers and deltas near the shore of Lake Champlain. The chemical is designed to kill an invasive organism called sea lamprey. The parasites have decimated native trout and freshwater salmon in the lake. But the lamprey battle is only one front in a growing region-wide war against invasive species. Dozens of alien organisms have arrived in the North Country, some carried in the ballast tanks of freighters on the St. Lawrence Seaway, others introduced as garden plants or bait fish. As Brian Mann reports, researchers say these invasive organisms could have a cumulative impact on lakes, rivers and forests that is far more rapid and perhaps more profound than global climate change. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Aug 29, 2007 — When it comes to tree ailments you've likely heard of Dutch elm, oak wilt and chestnut blight. But a little-known disease has biologists scratching their heads and spending time in the woods this summer. It's called beech bark disease and it was discovered in Maine and Nova Scotia decades ago. The disease has killed beech trees throughout the Northeast, and it's spreading. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article
Aug 22, 2007 — A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of a state law restricting ballast water on ships entering the Great Lakes. As Rachel Lippmann reports, the ruling clears the way for other states to take similar action to control the spread of invasive species. Go to full article
by Greg Warner
Jul 31, 2007 — New York scientists have been watching for signs of the emerald ash borer since it was discovered in Detroit in 2002. Millions of ash trees have been destroyed in failed attempts to stop the spread. DEC researchers fear it's only a matter of time before it's found here. In 2005, Gregory Warner went to Syracuse for one field trip. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2007 — A toxin that has killed tens of thousands of shorebirds throughout the Great Lakes is back. Type-E botulism is spread up the food chain by invasive species. And as Bob Allen reports, the toxin recently killed four birds on the endangered species list. Go to full article
Jun 25, 2007 — For decades foreign ships have brought tiny stowaways called invasive species into the United States. And once they get loose, they upend ecosystems and cause billions of dollars in damage. The shipping industry has yet to seriously address the problem, and now conservation and environmental groups are suing the companies they say are most at fault. Mark Brush has more. Go to full article
Jun 22, 2007 — Alarming fish kills in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are blamed on a new virus that's spreading quickly. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia has already been found in Lake Erie, the Niagara River and--this week state environmental officials confirmed--the virus killed fish in Conesus and Skaneateles in the Finger Lakes. It's also spread to Canada, Michigan and Wisconsin. As its name suggests, the virus causes uncontrolled internal bleeding. In some species, it's easy to tell if you've caught an infected fish. They start to turn dark, almost black, as they're dying, which is likely due to hemorrhaging beneath the skin that makes their color darker. Steve LaPan is the Lake Ontario Unit Leader with the Department of Environmental Conservation. He says the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes ecosystems are already starting to suffer because of the virus. Jonathan Brown reports. Go to full article
by Lucy Martin
Jun 22, 2007 — In Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources has drawn up maps to indicate a VHS zone along the border, a buffer zone above that and a VHS-free zone--which still includes most of the province. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more on containment efforts there. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Jun 18, 2007 — Weeding is probably the least favorite garden chore. But horticulturist Amy Ivy says getting an early start this month will make it easier to control weeds later this summer. Plus -- discouraging news about the invasive garlic mustard. She spoke with Martha Foley. Go to full article