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Invasive Species Awareness Week

July 8-14 is Invasive Species Awareness Week

DEC and Agriculture and Markets DAM today announced [ ] with a Governors State Proclamation that New York States fifth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is July 8-14. ISAW is an annual campaign that encourages New Yorkers to help protect the States lands and waters from the negative impacts of invasive species. The theme of this years campaign is What YOU can do to help stop the spread! focusing on simple actions people can take to keep these unwanted species from hitchhiking to new areas.

DEC, DAM, and State Parks today launched ISAW by co-hosting an event at Peebles Island State Park, Albany/Saratoga County, focusing on an early detection campaign to look for the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF). SLF feed on more than 70 plant species and are a significant threat to New Yorks forests, as well as the State’s agricultural and tourism industries.

During ISAW, citizens have ample opportunities to learn how to identify, survey, manage, and map invasive species. There are more than 100 ISAW events being held across New York State.

Invasive species are plants, animals, insects and pathogens that are not native to an area and cause harm to the environment, the economy or human health. These pests are one of the greatest threats to New Yorks biodiversity and residents can help to stop their spread. Initiated in 2014, ISAW is one component of a larger invasive species education campaign, Stop the Invasion: Protect NY from Invasive Species, coordinated by the Invasive Species Council, Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs). Last year, more than 150 events were held statewide, attracting over 6,000 participants.

For a complete list of events taking place this week statewide, please visit

For more information on SLF, including video, visit DECs Spotted Lanternfly webpage [ ]. For downloadable images [ ] to credit to individual photographers (leaves DEC’s webpage).

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