St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) Invasive Species Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN) Sign-up Form.
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Emerald Ash Borer,(EAB), ( Agrilus planipennis) kills ash trees. It has been detected within the SLELO PRISM in Oneida County in Rome, NY. It has yet to be detected in the other counties within the SLELO PRISM (Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence). We are asking volunteers to keep an eye out for this forest pest at State Parks, camp grounds, and other recreational areas along the St. Lawrence River, as these are the likely points of entry for EAB.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, (HWA), (Adelges tsugae) kills hemlock trees. It has yet to be detected in SLELO PRISM. We are asking volunteers to target, State Parks, and other forested areas along the southern portion of the Tug Hill region as this is the likely entry point for HWA. Look for cotton-like masses at the base of hemlock tree needles during the fall/winter, hemlock needle discoloration, lack of new growth in spring.
Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana) reduces biodiversity and impedes recreational activities. It is currently found in SLELO PRISM at Kasoag Lake in Williamstown, NY. We are asking volunteers to search for fanwort in Fish Creek, which connects Kasoag Lake to Oneida Lake. Look for submerged fan-like leaves with Y-shaped tips.
Tench (Tinca tinca) are an invasive fish that threaten the aquatic foodweb of the Great Lakes and have the potential to infect other fish with parasites. Keep an eye out in the St. Lawrence River for fish with rounded dark fins, bright orange eyes, and olive colored scales with a lighter belly.
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Please Contact Megan Pistolese, the SLELO PRISM Education/Outreach Coordinator with any questions at 315 387-3600 x 7724 or megan.pistolese@tnc.org.
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