invasive species

By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 - 2:40 pm
The Catskills region currently has its hands full fighting an invading horde of small green aliens. But an even more deadly battle is brewing: Their bigger, badder black-and-white cousins are lurking downstate, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They'... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 - 3:44 pm
In today's New York Times: A number of states are thinking about banning felt-soled waders, a piece of gear that's perfect for keeping anglers steady on their feet -- and also for transporting the noxious microscopic algae known as didymo, or "rock snot... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 - 10:01 am
Lynn E. Byrne, a resident of Lexington, NY, is outraged that the Windham Journal ran a column praising Japanese Knotweed -- or Polygonum cuspidatum, as it is formally known -- as “a source of many valuable natural products," including nectar for honeybees... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 - 10:00 am
An update from the Times Herald-Record says that there are now 20 sites in Ulster County that have been infected by the emerald ash borer: The latest sites include a tree in the Catskill Park's Forest Preserve and one about a half-mile away from the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 - 12:04 pm
Adam Bosch at the Times Herald-Record had a terrifying story on Saturday about the newfound emerald ash borer infestation in the Catskills. Apparently, things are far, far worse that we originally thought: "My best guess is that there are thousands of... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Jul. 23, 2010 - 9:51 am
Bad news: The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), a highly destructive Asian beetle that threatens to effectively wipe out ash trees in North American forests, has been found in a USDA trap in Saugerties. New York State Department of Environmental... Read more
By wateradmin on Friday, Apr. 23, 2010 - 10:46 am
By WP Newsroom on Friday, Mar. 26, 2010 - 4:28 pm
Yesterday, we published a story and short video about this year's maple syrup yields, which some astute observers estimate are down 80% in the Catskills region. We got an email from forester Peter Smallidge, who directs the maple program at Cornell... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Friday, Mar. 5, 2010 - 2:56 pm
Got a bachelor's degree in science? Want to fight invasive species in the New York City watershed? Now's your chance. Duties include identifying and mapping invasive forest insect and plant occurrences, detecting occurrences that are moving into the... Read more


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