Learn what SLELO partners are doing in the Eastern Lake Ontario region to prevent and control invasive species:
Through funding obtained through Department of State (New York), The Central & Western Chapter of The Nature Conservancy hired a seasonal employee in 2009 to continue an initiative to inventory and manage invasive species along a 17-mile stretch of inland sand dunes and wetlands along Eastern Lake Ontario.
The seasonal worked with local volunteers, The Nature Conservancy staff and other SLELO partners to locate and verify early detection/rapid response species and begin implementing a control program.
For example, an aggressive aquatic invasive called water chestnut was first discovered in two ponds within the eastern Lake Ontario complex in 2008. In 2009, more detailed monitoring and mapping of these two water chestnut populations was begun.
In addition, seasonal employees pulled four bags of water chestnut from the ponds. This hand-pulling method goes far to prevent its spread within these biologically important habitats.