Not everything green is good. Japanese stiltgrass is one of the top non-native plants on NY's invasive species hit list.
So we're doing what we can to help educate the public. We added 19 people to the rosters of trained iMapInvasives trackers with Heidi Krahling walking us through the process of becoming Citizen Scientists. This FREE workshop for volunteers and educators in the lower Hudson Valley followed Governor Cuomo's signing of invasive species legislation last week. That law will now help protect our NY waterways and habitats from the destructive impact of invasive species.
To support Statewide and Countywide efforts to protect and preserve our parks and natural heritage, the Jay Heritage Center is proud to be partnering with NYDEC and the Nature Conservancy to educate the public about non-native and exotic plants, trees and animals that can diminish local populations of flora and fauna. Future workshops will continue to show volunteers how to map these threats to our state's environment and economy. This group took a short walk afterwards to identify invasive species on the Jay Property including Japanese stiltgrass, multiflora rose, mugwort, porcelainberry, Norway maple trees and more.
iMapInvasives is an online mapping tool that uses GPS technology to
define problematic areas. All interested groups, from land managers to
the general public, are encouraged to help keep the NYS map up-to-date
and accurate by reporting invasive species locations. Training is
required to enter data. This free program will be offered again at JHC
this fall with options for basic (observation) and advanced (survey
and treatment) data entry.
This program was made possible through a grant from Con Edison
Funding for iMapInvasives provided by The Nature Conservancy, and the NYS EPF through a contract with NYS DEC
Learn more on their website: sites.google.com/site/nyimapinvasives/
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The Jay Heritage Center
210 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York 10580
Phone: (914) 698-9275
Fax: (914) 835-8547
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