Archive for September 2009

Trees of the Shawangunks Walk, October 11

September 30, 2009

From the Mohonk Preserve:
Sunday, October 11th, 10am-2pm. Trees of the Shawangunks.
Join Ryan Trapani, Education Forester, Catskill Forest Association, Inc., and come out and enjoy a beautiful fall day and share Ryan’s deep knowledge of the forest. Learn to recognize the special characteristics that make each tree species unique. Ryan will discuss indicators of tree and forest health, and what to look for with the trees in your own yard. Bring a lunch and water. Ages 18 and up are welcome. This program includes a moderate, 5-mile hike. Reservations are required; sign up begins 9/21/09. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location.


Kudzu in Albany, Here and Gone

September 29, 2009

In 2006 a DEC forester was taking his afternoon exercise walk in downtown Albany and noticed this big leafy legume vine smothering a privacy fence.  He took some digital pictures and notified Jerry Carlson, DEC State Plant Pathologist, of the location.  Ken Carnes, State Survey Coordinator from the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, siezed the opportunity to “test-out” their new Trimble GPS backpacks and documented the location with pin-point accuracy.  Later that winter, Heather Coiner, a graduate student at the University of Toronto who was studying the influence of climate change and the spread of kudzu, called from Canada and requested a kudzu sample to test for winter hardiness.  After Ken and Heather dug up four of the six plants, the property owner expanded his parking lot and destroyed the remaining plants. Its location along a fence line suggested that it had been planted. Fortunately no other kudzu plants have been found in the Capital District area. Heather is in the last stages of completing her PhD at the University of Toronto.

Kudzu Vine in Albany

Kudzu Vine in Albany

Living Light – A Celebration of the Finger Lakes Flora – Juried art exhibition – call for submissions

September 29, 2009

A juried art exhibition is being planned by the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society. The show will highlight the beauty and diversity of our region’s native plants and fungi and will welcome works in a variety of two- and three- dimensional media.

“Living Light” will be hosted by the Tompkins County Public Library from January through March 2010, and its opening will coincide with Ithaca’s 6th annual Light in Winter festival.

Jurors include Camille Doucet, painting and botanical illustration; Eric Serritella, ceramic art; and David Watkins, photography.

Submission will be accepted online from September 1 to October 17, 2009. Submission details are available now at:

Another Invasive Grass to Watch Out For

September 28, 2009

We recently posted an alert for false brome grass but Marilyn Jordan from TNC Long Island is also concerned about wavy leaf basketgrass showing up in New York.

Oplismenus hirtellus (L.) P. Beauv. ssp. undulatifolius (Ard.) U. Scholz

Reported though the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council listserve. According to USDA plants the subspecies is only found in MD, but postings to the ma-eppc listserv indicate it is also in VA and FL. There
may be taxonomic confusion with the species Oplismenus hirtellus (L.) P. Beauv. Wavy leaf basketgrass is more competitive than Japanese stilt grass, and “An ornamental variegated pink, green and white form, sold as O. hirtellus ‘Variegatus’ for hanging baskets (Fig. 11), has spontaneously reverted to an all-green, wavy-leafed, very aggressive form under greenhouse conditions (Pohl 1981; see MD DNR poster).” The
ssp has been sold in CT according to LIISMA SRC member J. Lehrer. Information and photos of the ssp are available at:  and

Long Pond Greenbelt Celebration October 3rd

September 28, 2009

FLPG Celebration 2009 flyer

Hudson River Foundation Salt Marsh Seminars

September 28, 2009

The Foundation presents a seminar series on scientific issues related to the environmental quality and resource management of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 10:30 am

Ecological Functions of Hudson River Salt Marshes and Submerged Vegetation

Dr. Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 10:30 am

Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History

Dr. Judith Weis, Rutgers University

Friday, December 4, 2009, 10:30 am

All seminars will be held at:

The Hudson River Foundation

17 Battery Place, Suite 915

New York, NY 10004

RSVP: 212-483-7667 or

Seating capacity is limited. Please call or e-mail in advance.

Natural Heritage Ecologist Adele Tomaino on the brackish intertidal mudflats, Piermont Marsh. Photo: Troy Weldy

Natural Heritage Ecologist Adele Tomaino on the brackish intertidal mudflats, Piermont Marsh. Photo: Troy Weldy

Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Talk Coming Up

September 25, 2009

October 13, 2009 Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Mary Beth and Paul Tomko: “The Edgewood Oak-Brush Plains Preserve.” The Edgewood Oak-Brush Plains State Preserve is the second largest remnant of pitch pine/scrub oak in NY and the only such area on Long Island. The past, present, and future of this unique habitat, which lies in western Suffolk County, will be presented. Mary Beth and Paul represent The Friends of the Edgewood Oak-Brush Plains Preserve.

Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123),SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook

* Refreshments and informal talk begin at 7:30 p.m.

Formal meeting starts at 8:00 p.m.

Directions to Muttontown or Stony Brook:


Path through Edgewood - Can you find the wild pink?

Path through Edgewood - Can you find the wild pink? Photo: Steve Young