Learn what SLELO partners are doing in the Tug Hill region to prevent and control invasive species:
With funding obtained through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Central and Western NY Chapter of The Nature Conservancy employed two seasonal employees to inventory large portions of the Tug Hill Region for invasive species.
Over 400 miles of Tug Hill’s roads and trails have been inventoried. Seasonal workers documented the presence of target invasive species by recording the GPS coordinates for each occurrence. They also documented approximate abundance by recording data on the number of plants and population characteristics of that species.
Data from the field season are still being analyzed, but it is clear that the interior forests of the Tug Hill Region are less impacted by invasive species than areas along the fringes, which tend to have greater levels of development and disturbance.
Significantly, 12 giant hogweed patches were discovered in Tug Hill in the summer of 2009. We reported these occurrences to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) Giant Hogweed Task Force for control and removal.
Results from our study also highlight concern for at least three other invasive species that are beginning to impact Tug Hill.
Japanese knotweed shows an alarming proximity to the important wetlands and rivers of the interior of the Tug Hill and should be closely monitored.
Purple loosestrife, which can negatively impact wetlands, and garlic mustard, which can affect interior forests, are also of major concern.
Species – No. plants observed
Honeysuckles – 226
Japanese Knotweed – 139
Garlic Mustard – 132
Periwinkle – 94
Norway Maple – 33
Purple Loosestrife – 6
Himalayan Balsam – 4
Leafy Spurge – 2
For more information:
Call The Nature Conservancy Central & Western New York chapter to request The Invasive Species Handbook: A guide to invasive plants in the Tug Hill Region. Phone: 585.546.8030.