New Statewide Ban Invasive Species

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker

New NYS reg­u­la­tions pro­hibit­ing and reg­u­lat­ing the pos­ses­sion, trans­port, impor­ta­tion, sale, pur­chase, and intro­duc­tion of cer­tain inva­sive species take effect March 10. (If a pro­hib­it­ed species is already present on your prop­er­ty you are not required to remove it.) While some of the pro­hib­it­ed species already have a strong pres­ence with­in the Ashokan water­shed, the reg­u­la­tions should go a long way with pre­vent­ing new plant inva­sions of our back­yards, forests, and flood­plains. Inva­sive plants by def­i­n­i­tion are aggres­sive grow­ers, and some­times dom­i­nate or alter entire native plant com­mu­ni­ties by out-com­pet­ing and crowd­ing out native plants. Stream­side areas are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble to inva­sion. Flow­ing water itself is a nat­ur­al seed dis­pers­er, ripar­i­an birds and mam­mals spread seeds, and flood­ing plays a large role in spread­ing inva­sive plants, par­tic­u­lar­ly species that grow from bro­ken plant frag­ments. For assis­tance with estab­lish­ing or enhanc­ing a native stream­side plant com­mu­ni­ty, con­tact the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive pro­gram at (845) 688‑3047, Ext. 6.