Invasive Species Awareness week is July 6 to 12 and the local organization wants people living and visiting Oswego County to learn more about these species and how to keep them from spreading.
Invasive species are plants, animals, insects and other organisms that are nonnative to the area and whose introduction causes economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.
As part of a local initiative to address invasive species, representatives from organizations in five counties (Oswego, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida) have formed what is known as a Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM).
The group’s full name St. Lawrence – Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM).
To promote invasive species awareness, the group encourages interested individuals to observe New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week by participating in the following:
- Do Some Research: Get on the internet and learn what invasive species might be in your area or in your own backyard. Learn to identify these species and how to prevent their spread. A great resource can be found at sleloinvasives.org
- Volunteer: Volunteering can be a rewarding way to help with the invasive species threat. A Water Chestnut hand-pull is scheduled for Saturday July 12 at Port Ontario in Pulaski. To volunteer, contact the PRISM Coordinator at 387-3600, extension 25.
- Take the invasive species challenge: Here are some everyday things you can do to meet the challenge:
1) Boaters, clean your boat, trailer and gear each time you leave a body of water – this reduces the spread of aquatic invasive species.
2) Gardeners, some plants may look nice in the garden, but they may also be invasive. Plant only native plants in your gardens.
3) Hikers, bikers and campers, clean your boots and equipment when moving from one trail to another so as to not transport invasives.
4) Spread Awareness, tell your friends and colleagues about invasive species and participate in invasive species activities, organize and join an invasive species early detection team.
For more information on invasive species in our area visit the SLELO website at sleloinvasives.org or contact Rob Williams, Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the SLELO – PRISM main office 387-3600 Ext.25.