Stewardship Newsletter: December 2017

Project Hightlight: Croton River Hydrilla Control

We couldn't be happier with the success the Department of Environmental Conservation has had with the first year of hydrilla control on the Croton River!

Back in 2013, a rare plant surveyor found the infestation of Hydrilla verticillia, an agreesive aquatic invasive plant, in the river.  To determine the extant of the invasion, the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Managment (LHPRISM) contracted Allied Biological, Inc. to survey and find out how much it had spread. The DEC began treatments this year using low concentrations of the herbicide fluridone and concluded them at the end of October. 

With no other rooted hydrilla found in the Hudson River or other estuaries, it is critical that we get this plant under control before it spreads further. Over the next 4 years, additional treatments will continue to promote the health of the river and protect our local biodiversity.

Read about it here
Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Request the ISF Crew for Your Project

Thanks to our 5 year contract with New York State, we are happy to say that our summer Invasives Strike Force crew now has the freedom to go where they are needed most, free of charge to land owners.  If you know of an invasive plant control project with regional significance that could use expert removal please submit an application!  All applications must be filled out and emailed to [email protected] no later than January 5th, 2018

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Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Big News from the PRISM

The Lower Hudson PRISM has officially adopted the following mission statement after a vote by PRISM Partners on Tuesday, November 28th

“The mission of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management is to protect the rich biodiversity and ecosystems of the Lower Hudson region through partnerships and collaborations that focus on controlling the introduction, spread, and harmful impact of invasive species.”

The PRISM Partners look forward to using this mission statement to guide our invasive species managment priorities and projects into the future.

Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Double Your Impact on Invasive Species

Donate to the Invasive Strike Force today and, thanks to a generous 1:1 match from a donor, your gift goes twice as far to help tackle the spread of invasive species throughout our region.  Please consider our work to preserve biodiveristy throughout our region with your year-end giving this season.  

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Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

December 7th: Pond and Lake Managment Workshop (Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY) December 7th: Harvesting Invasive Species as a Managment Strategy Webinar (Online)
December 9th: Free-A-Tree Invasive Vine Removal (Old Croton Aquaduct, Yonkers, NY) December 13th: Native Plant Society Holiday Party and Seed Swap (Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah, NJ)
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