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Final Report of the Invasive Species Task Force

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets DAM are seeking public comment on the Draft Report of the New York State Invasive Species Task Force released today. The Report describes problems associated with invasive plants, animals and pathogens. It discusses existing efforts by government, conservation groups, and industry. It also makes recommendations about how New York can more effectively combat this growing and expensive threat.

Invasive species are non–native species that can cause harm to the environment or to human health. As a threat to our biodiversity, they have been judged second only to habitat loss. Invasives come from all around the world and the rate of invasion is increasing along with the increase in international trade that accompanies globalization. Since the Task Force began its work in 2004, at least six new species have invaded New York.

Invasive species have caused many problems in the past, are causing problems now, and pose threats to our future. Zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, Chronic Wasting Disease, West Nile Virus, Asian Long–horned Beetle, Swede Midge, Purple Loosestrife, Giant Hogweed, and Black Swallowwort are familiar to many New Yorkers. These and a wide variety of other invasive species harm our ecosystems, our food supply, and our “built environments”, including gardens, landscaping,, industry, and infrastructure. Invasive species can also harm recreation and human health.

The public is encouraged to use the web for this review. The full Report is available on the web at www.dec.state.ny.us. For those without access to the web, copies of the Report can be obtained by calling Steve Sanford at 518-402-8924. All comments must be written. They can be sent electronically to fwhabtat@gw.dec.state.ny.us (“ISTF Report” in subject line) or mailed to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233–4756, Attn: ISTF Report.

Comments will be accepted through September 14, 2005. A final report is due to the Governor and Legislature by November 30, 2005.

The Task Force is also holding 6 public review sessions around New York State.

August 2
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Capital District
The Pride of New York Room
NYS-Dept. of Agriculture and Markets
10 B Airline Drive (north of Christian Brothers Academy)

August 2
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Hudson Valley
Meeting Room 3
NYSDEC Headquarters
South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz

August 2
7:00 to 9:00 PM
North Country
Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters
NYS Route 86
Ray Brook

August 2
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Central New York
Martha Eddy Room
Empire Expo Center (State Fairgrounds)

August 2
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Western New York
Education Center Auditorium
Monroe County Cooperative Extension
249 Highland Avenue

August 2
7:00 to 9:00 PM
NYC – Long Island
Carriage House
Planting Fields Arboretum
Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule-making

For 6 NYCRR Sections 2.25, Hunting upland game

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law Sections 11-0303, 11-0307, 11-0903, 11-0905, 11-0909, 11-0917, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule-making for 6 NYCRR Sections 2.25, Hunting upland game birds, and 2.30, Migratory game birds. This notice will be published in issue 37 of the State Register, dated 9/14/2005.

For further information contact:

Gordon R. Batcheller
Certified Wildlife Biologist
N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233–4754
Voice 518–402–8885
FAX 518–402–9027