Nuisance & Invasive Species
Visit the Nuisance Species page to identify how you can prevent and control problems with wildlife.
The public comment period on the proposed invasive species regulations is open through December 23, 2013. Public hearings are being held across the state in December. See the proposed regulations, how to comment, and list of hearing locations and dates.
What is an invasive species?
Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions.
Why are invasive species a threat?
Invasive species threaten nearly every aspect of our world and are one of the greatest threats to New York's biodiversity. They cause or contribute to:
- Habitat degradation and loss
- The loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species
- The loss of recreational opportunities and income
- Crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock
Use the links below to find information on specific invasive species learn what DEC is doing to combat them.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)
- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
- Gypsy Moth
- Sirex Woodwasp