Archive for the ‘Invasive Species’ category

Connecticut to Phase Out 25 Cultivars of Barberry

December 14, 2010

Connecticut’s nursery and landscape industry will voluntarily start phasing out the sale and production of 25 Japanese barberry cultivars over the next three years because of their invasive potential (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2013). To see more about this action CLICK HERE. Barberry is also very detrimental to the flora of New York as it invades native understory.

More Information on Deer and Vegetation

December 14, 2010

This is from Tom Rawinski, Botanist, Durham Field Office, N A State & Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Durham, NH.

As a society, we are beginning to recognize that a burgeoning deer population is a problem of our own creation – an unintended consequence of eco-environmental gentrification, if you will. The Friends of the Blue Hills (near Boston) is to be commended for furthering the public discussion on this critical issue, found at:

Additional blog postings – about the Blue hills deer situation – can be viewed at:



Another Good Use for an Invasive Plant

November 24, 2010

In our efforts to protect the  native mosaics of wetland plants and animals we value, we often have to deal with the monocultures of the non-native giant reed grass or Phragmites that threaten them.  Here is an organization, Phragwrites,  that decided to put the invasive to good use as they work to prevent its spread. Is the pen mightier than the herbicide? CLICK HERE for their website.

Pens made from Phragmites

Central New York – Prepare for the Devastation of Emerald Ash Borer

November 20, 2010

Central New York ecosystems and community trees will be devastated by the advance of emerald ash borer through the region. Below is a workshop that will be staged by New York Releaf in Cortland to prepare people for the coming changes. People interested in the Flora of New York should also be prepared for changes that will take place in plant communities throughout the state. Unlike the chestnut and elm losses of the past, the experts say that ash will be completely eliminated because the insects also feed on small trees. Read more about its effects in New York at the NY Invasive Species Researh Institute website.  CLICK HERE. Click on the photo below for a larger image of the workshop flier.

An Innovative Use of Invasive Plants

November 17, 2010

From NYFA board member Anna Stalter:  A very creative and aesthetically pleasing use of invasive plants! Click on the following link:

Interesting Programs At Teatown Lake Reservation, Westchester County

October 30, 2010

All of these relate to our native flora. Click for a larger image.

Rochester Public Forum on Invasive Species on Nov. 16th.

October 20, 2010

Click for a larger image.

New York’s Effort to Map Invasive Species

October 20, 2010

A consortium has formed to develop, support and maintain an on-line, GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool, iMapInvasives, focused on serving the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species. A particular emphasis is placed on functionality designed to aid in Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) efforts.

The initial consortium is comprised of four partners: the Natural Heritage Program of the state of Florida (Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP), The Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe.

For New York the iMap staff are housed at the New York Natural Heritage Program Office in the DEC in Albany.

For more information, how you can participate, and the website CLICK HERE.

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse. Your Website for Invasive Species in New York.

October 20, 2010

If you want to know everything that is happening with invasive species, both plant and animal in New York, this website is your gateway to the most comprehensive information available.

For the Clearinghouse website CLICK HERE.

What To Do With Too Many White-tailed Deer? A New Publication.

October 18, 2010

This is an article written by Thomas P. Rooney in ActionBioscience, “What Do We Do with Too Many White-tailed Deer?”
It is a succinct and current overview of the deer overabundance problem – required reading for anyone working to mitigate negative deer impacts. The article provides useful statistics and links to major repositories of deer info.

CLICK HERE for the article.

Deer on the dunes. Fire Island. Photo Steve Young.