Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium

Henderson, NY – The St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region is host to a variety of unique and globally rare habitats. From the open waters of Lake Ontario to shoreline dunes and inland forests, these natural areas are the foundation for native, rare and threatened species of plants and animals. These areas also represent cultural and economic assets that are integral to the region.

Invasive species of plants, animals, insects and microorganisms are among the most serious threats to native species, habitats, ecosystems and public health within the five county area that defines the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) Region. Invasive species affect almost all aspects of our culture. They interfere with many types of outdoor recreation. They reduce crop yields and interfere with harvest operations on local farms. Along public roads and highways, invasive plants restrict visibility and create roadside hazards. Invasive insects and diseases kill trees in forested areas as well as along community streets. Some invasive species have a direct negative impact on public health.

On June 11 you are invited to attend a one-day event that will reflect expert knowledge on several of the region’s most threatening invasive species. Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) with support from the Robert. G. Wehle Charitable Trust, the Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium is sure to enlighten all that attend on the various aspects of invasive species management. Individuals with NYS Pesticide Applicators licenses will also be eligible to receive continuing education credits.

This event will take place at the Wehle State Park, 5182 State Park Road in Henderson NY, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.

There is no charge to attend the Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium, but pre-registration is required. You may register by contacting Sue Gwise by phone at (315) 788-8450 extension 243 or by emailing Sue at [email protected] Seating is limited so don’t delay.

Submitted by Rob Williams, PRISM Coordinator