A one-day event on invasive species in the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region is scheduled for June 11 at Wehle State Park, Henderson.
The region is host to a variety of unique and globally rare habitats. From the open waters of Lake Ontario to shoreline dunes and inland forests, these natural areas are the foundation for native, rare and threatened species of plants and animals.
These areas also represent cultural and economic assets that are integral to the region.
Invasive species of plants, animals, insects and microorganisms are among the most serious threats to native species, habitats, ecosystems and public health within the five-county area that defines the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region. Invasive species affect almost all aspects of our culture, from outdoor recreation to crop yields on farms.
Along public roads and highways, invasive plants restrict visibility and create roadside hazards. Invasive insects and diseases kill trees in forested areas as well as along community streets. Some invasive species have a direct negative impact on public health.
Symposium attendees will gain knowledge on several of the region’s most threatening invasive species. Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) with support from the Robert. G. Wehle Charitable Trust, the symposium is sure to enlighten all that attend on the various aspects of invasive species management.
There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required by contacting Sue Gwise by phone at 788-8450, ext. 243 or by emailinng Sue at fjg42@cornell..edu.