The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area
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The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (including Staten Island)
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Did you get a Star-of-Bethlehem plant for a gift this holiday season?
Make sure you dispose of it properly when it is finished blooming.
Click here for disposal information.
Arthraxon grass discovered on Long Island
Arthraxon, (Arthaxon hispidus) is an invasive grass that can be found in many of the same places that Japanese Stiltgrass grows; floodplains, shorelines, wet meadows, wet trails and roadsides. It was found this summer for the first time on Long Island near Big Reed Pond in Montauk. There are only three other localities known from New York but it is a big problem in states south of New York. Keep your eyes open for this invasive grass by looking for the wide clasping leaves that have very long cilia toward the base of them. You can Google the scientific name for more information.
Town Bamboo Codes Compiled
The Website Dr. Bamboo has compiled a list of towns and the bamboo codes they have in effect. Access it here.
The New State Regulations on Invasive Species Are Now In Effect (March 2015)
You can find more information on the regulations and the lists of prohibited and regulated species on our Legislation Page.
DEC starts work on Southern Pine Beetle Control (Feb 2015)
DEC Region 1 has strarted to assess and control the damage to our pitch pines on Long Island before the insects begin their dispersal. We hope the low temperatures experienced on Long Island recently will slow their advance.
Clean, Drain, and Dry for Paddlers
Check out this video on the techniques for preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Kudzu Bug Makes Rapid Progress Toward New York
The exotic kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, was first found in Georgia in 2009 and is now found as far north as Maryland and Delaware. This stink bug eats kudzu but also eats soybean and possibly native legumes like hog peanut. It also gathers in large numbers on the sides of houses. We will monitor the kudzu infestations we have in New York to see if or when it arrives. We are in the process of surveying and updating all of our kudzu locations in New York this summer.
More information about the bug can be found by CLICKING HERE
MORE! Species Alert Page!
Go to our species alert page to see a list of early detection species with informative web links.
Keep your eye out for these species so they don't become established in LIISMA!
MORE! Long Island Goat Grazing Study 2005-06
CLICK HERE to go to the resources page to read about the study.