MILLBROOK, N.Y. — Help survey the Hudson Valley Region for potential new forest pests. Reports of invasive pests newly detected near New York are causing great concern. Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive planthopper that can feed on a wide variety of plants including grapevines, hops, maples and fruit trees. It is established in neighboring states and may be moving into our region.
CCE offices in the region will host trainings in May:
Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:30am – Noon, hosted by CCE Dutchess County.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, hosted by CCE Orange County.
Friday, May 24, 2019 from 9:30 am – Noon, hosted by CCE Ulster County.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, hosted by CCE Rockland County.
This workshop will prepare interested individuals such as gardeners, hikers, landscapers and forest managers to scout for and identify SLF. Trainees will be asked to be “boots on the ground” to assist in the detection of the pest, to report it to NYS DEC and to help prevent its spread in our area. The biology, identification, potential damage, methods of spread, monitoring and management of SLF will be described. The Blockbuster Surveyor protocol and iMapInvasives app will be reviewed to track the current distribution and abundance (or absence) of SLF.
Identification information will also be provided for Tree of Heaven, the SLF’s favorite host; an emerging pest, Asian Longhorned Tick, and Jumping Worms, which are in our region but under-reported. This program is part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the Lower Hudson Valley. Visit www.lhprism.org for more information on how the LHPRISM strives to address invasive species issues through its partnerships. Click on “Upcoming Events” or “Get Involved” to learn more.
Questions can be addressed to Joyce Tomaselli, CCEDC, email@example.com, 845-677-8223 ext. 134
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
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