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Invasive Species


Non-native invasive species have long impacted Western New York. Below are some of the newest invasive species in the area.  For more information, please see the links below or check out the New York Invasive Species YouTube Channel.

Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata)

Hydrilla photoHydrilla can be spread by boaters and waterfowl.  Please be on the lookout and take precautions when moving your recreational watercraft to other bodies of water.

Photo: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org (http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail&id=16)

Water Chestnut (Trapa natansWater Chestnut photo

Water Chestnut can also be spread by boaters and waterfowl.  Please be on the lookout and take precautions when moving your recreational watercraft to other bodies of water.


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis)
 
Emerald Ash Borer photo
The EAB is a wood boring beetle native to Asia that is often spread by the transport of firewood.  A NYS quarantine is in effect for all of Western New York prohibiting the transport of firewood more than 50 miles.

Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)Giant Hogweed photo

Do not touch this plant! The sap can cause severe skin and eye irritation.

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic Mustard second year photoGarlic Mustard has the ability to spread through forests and reduce diversity in the forest understory. Be on the lookout for the Garlic Mustard removal challenge in the springtime.



Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org (http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail&id=25)