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CRISP Partners Meeting 6/21

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Thursday, 6/21 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Catskill Center, 43355 State Rt. 28, Arkville

Join us for our Quarterly CRISP Partner Meeting, share what Invasive Species work you are doing, and learn what other organizations are doing to stop invasive species.

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training Workshops

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The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership will be hosting multiple trainings for the Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) protocol throughout the Catskills region. for the comprehensive MaMA program for emerald ash borer (EAB) management and ash conservation. EAB has already devastated ash trees in much of the Catskills andcontinues to spread rapidly. MaMA (www.MonitoringAsh.org), developed and directed by theEcological Research Institute (ERI) in close consultation with US Forest Service scientists leading the fight against EAB, provides a framework of important actions that can be taken to conserve ash and mitigate damage from EAB. These include participating in MaMA’s projects that enable detection of “lingering ash” (potentially EAB-resistant trees), which offer the best hope for ash conservation and restoration. CRISP is implementing MaMA regionally, and has funded this workshop so that land managers and thegeneral public can learn how they can take part in these projects.

 

Tuesday, 6/19 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23 Acra NY

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to establish ash mortality monitoring plots that form part of the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network extending throughout the Catskills and beyond. The data from this network are used to determine when particular areas are ready to search for lingering ash (which needs to be done at just the right time). Because of this network’s use of scientifically rigorous protocols, attendance at an ERI MaMA training workshop is required for participation. Similarly, this workshop is required for participation in MaMA’s lingering ash reporting project, given the importance of finding trees that meet strict criteria. The workshop will also include training in how to report EAB so that its spread can be tracked in real-time, introduction to MaMA’s “Possible Lingering Ash Toolkit” (essential for protecting potential lingering ash from being unnecessarily cut down), and introduction to MaMA’s other tools and integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation, including an overview of the factors to use when deciding whether to treat or cut trees. The workshop will be presented by MaMA’s originators, Jonathan Rosenthal (Director of ERI) and Dr. Radka Wildova (ERI Senior Scientist). It will include a hands-on demonstration of the techniques used to establish a mortality plot, conducted using nearby ash trees. To register for this event or if you have questions about it, please call 518-622-9820. If you have any questions about MaMA, send an email to outreach@MonitoringAsh.org.

 

 

Thursday, 6/21 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Catskill Center, 43355 State Rt. 28, Arkville (including 1-hour hands-on field training at nearby Dry Brook Ridge Trail)

 

Immediately following the CRISP Partners Meeting, the Catskill Center will host a training workshop for the comprehensive MaMA program for EAB management and ash conservation, as part of CRISP’s PRISM-wide implementation of MaMA, by the Ecological Research Institute (ERI). Join us to learn how you can help save ash in the Catskills! MaMA (see www.MonitoringAsh.org) was developed by ERI in close consultation with US Forest Service scientists leading the fight against EAB. The training will be presented by MaMA’s originators: ERI’s director, Jonathan Rosenthal, and senior scientist, Dr. Radka Wildova, both experts in EAB ecology and management. It is one of a series of eight such workshops to be presented (exclusively by ERI) throughout CRISP to enable broad participation in this program.

MaMA’s innovations include adapting USFS protocols for monitoring ash mortality and detecting lingering ash (EAB-resistant trees) to make them easily usable by land managers and citizen scientists. These trees offer the best hope for ash conservation and restoration (see www.monitoringash.org/lingering-ash-info/). In this workshop, participants will learn, among other things, how to establish ash mortality monitoring plots that form part of the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network extending throughout the Catskills and beyond, which is coordinated by ERI. ERI uses the data from this network, in close cooperation with the USFS, to determine when particular areas are ready to search for lingering ash. Because of this network’s use of scientifically rigorous protocols, attendance at an ERI MaMA training workshop is required for participation. Similarly, this workshop is required for participation in MaMA’s lingering ash iNaturalist reporting project, given the importance of finding trees that meet strict criteria.

The workshop will include training in all three of ERI’s MaMA iNaturalist projects, introduction to MaMA’s “Possible Lingering Ash Toolkit” (essential for protecting potential lingering ash from being cut down), and introduction to MaMA’s other tools and overall integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation. CRISP has had major input into ERI’s development of MaMA over the years, and this program is uniquely suited to the challenges that EAB poses to ash in the Catskills. In fact, ERI’s MaMA action map for the Catskills, showing priority actions for each area, and developed in cooperation with the New York State DEC Forest Health program, will soon be posted at MonitoringAsh.org and linked to the CRISP website: http://catskillinvasives.com/index.php/news/

 

 

Sunday, 6/24, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, the Stamford Village Library and the Michael Kudish Preserve

In this workshop, attendees will learn, among other things, how to establish ash mortality monitoringplots that form part of the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network extending throughout the Catskills and beyond. The data from this network are used to determine when particular areas are ready to search for lingering ash (this needs to be done at just the right time). Because of this network’s use of scientifically rigorous protocols, attendance at an ERI MaMA training workshop is required for participation. Similarly,this workshop is required for participation in MaMA’s lingering ash reporting project, given the importance of finding trees that meet strict criteria. The workshop will also include training in how to report EAB so that its spread can be tracked in real-time, introduction to MaMA’s “Possible Lingering Ash Toolkit” (essential for protecting potential lingering ash from being unnecessarily cut down), and introduction to MaMA’s other tools and integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation,including an overview of the factors to use when deciding whether to treat or cut trees. The workshop will be presented by MaMA’s originators, Jonathan Rosenthal (Director of ERI) and Dr. Radka Wildova (ERI Senior Scientist). It will begin with a presentation at the library followed by a hands-ondemonstration at the preserve of how to set up a monitoring plot. You can call David Turan at theMichael Kudish Natural History Preserve, 607-242-1260 for more about this event or email outreach@MonitoringAsh.org for more about the MaMA program.

 

Invasive Species Awareness Week: “What YOU can do to stop the spread!" July 8-14 

 

 

Pakatakan Farmers' Market

Pakatakan Farmers' Market

Saturday, 7/7 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Round Barn, 46676 NY-30, Halcottsville, NY 12438, USA

As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, CRISP staff will be joining the NYC DEP to staff a table at the Pakatakan Farmers' Market on July 7th. We’ll be answering your questions about invasive species from 9 am to 2 pm.

Kenneth Wilson Mile-a-Minute Survey Training

Saturday, 7/7 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Kenneth Wilson State Campground, Mt. Tremper NY

Come help keep our campgrounds free of invasive species! A new highly invasive climbing vine, Mile-a-Minute, has been spotted near Kenneth Wilson State Campground. Mile-a-Minute is an aggressive annual vine that can shade out shrubs and wild flowers, and poses a threat to the Catskills ecosystem. Together we will survey Kenneth Wilson campground to make sure Mile-a-Minute doesn’t spread on to the property, pulling any vines that we find. 

 

Japanese Knotweed Pull at Thorn w/ Michael

Japanese Knotweed Pull at Thorn w/ Michael

Tuesday, 7/10 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Thorn Preserve, 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock NY

Come learn all about Japanese knotweed biology and control methods at the Thorn Preserve at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock NY. As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, CRISP staff will be leading an instructive group pull of Japanese knotweed. We'll also be covering other common invasive species such as Japanese barberry, mugwort, and garlic mustard.

Mile a Minute Pull in Narrowsburg

Mile a Minute Pull in Narrowsburg

Tuesday, 7/10 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Skinners Falls Parking Lot, Narrowsburg NY

Mile a minute vine is an aggressive invasive vine native to Asia that has been found in the Catskills region. This vine grows incredibly quickly, shading out other native vegetation.

As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, CRISP staff will be partnering with the National Park Service to teach about identification and control of mile a minute vine. Learn all about best management for this aggressive invader and help us to pull it from a heavily infested site near the Delaware River.

Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven Survey Training 

Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven Survey Training

Tuesday, 7/10 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Onteora Lake, Kingston NY

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive plant hopper native to China that has been moving through Pennsylvania since it was first discovered there in 2014. Last year, a dead adult lanternfly was found in Delaware County, NY. This insect could represent millions of dollars in lost revenue to New York’s fruit industries.

Come learn about the invasive spotted lanternfly, how to identify both it and its invasive host, tree of heaven. Learn who to report sightings of this pest to, and where to check for egg masses.

HWA Phenology Training

Wednesday, 7/11 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Catskill Interpretive Center, Mt. Tremper NY

Come help keep our campgrounds free of invasive species! A new highly invasive climbing vine, Mile-a-Minute, has been spotted near Kenneth Wilson State Campground. Mile-a-Minute is an aggressive annual vine that can shade out shrubs and wild flowers, and poses a threat to the Catskills ecosystem. Together we will survey Kenneth Wilson campground to make sure Mile-a-Minute doesn’t spread on to the property, pulling any vines that we find. 

 

 

Woodstock Farm Festival

Woodstock Farm Festival

Wednesday, 7/11 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM,  6 Maple Ln, Woodstock, NY 12498, USA

As part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the CRISP team will be staffing a table at the Woodstock Farm Festival on July 11th. We’ll be answering questions about invasive species from 3:30 to 7:30.

Making Paper from Invasive Plants

Thursday, 7/12 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, CCE Ulster County
232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza)
Kingston, New York 12401

In acknowledgment of New York Invasive Species week, July 8-14, our Community Horticulture Program is hosting this fun and informative class on making paper from both recycled and invasive plant material.

We will first give a brief discussion on invasive plants in New York State. Then, the fun begins!

  • Every participant will create and leave with their very own artisan paper creations.
  • Participants are encouraged to share their war stories and battle strategies for combatting invasives.
  • A handout will be provided with more resources on utilizing invasive plants in many different ways.

Instructors:

Marjorie Colao-Pullman is a Master Gardener and a Master Forest Owner, as well as a local artist presently working with re-purposed and/or recycled materials to create mixed media pieces.

Registration is just $15/person, and space is limited to 20 participants.  Pre-registration is requiredby July 4.  

Two ways to register:

 For more information, contact Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 x335 or email dm282@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities. 
Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.

 

"To Be Forever Wild" Screening with Director David Becker

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Friday, 7/13 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper 

The late Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey once called To Be Forever Wild "an important and breathtaking film about one of the most beautiful places on earth—its sights, its wonders, its people. The film reminds us that the Catskill Mountains are a national treasure.” On Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m., the Catskill Interpretive Center is pleased to welcome Director David Becker, his film crew and surprise guests for a very special screening of To Be Forever Wild. The event is free and open to the public. 


Protect the Hemlocks! Fence-raising at Thorn Preserve

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Saturday, 7/14 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Thorn Preserve, 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock NY

Join us to replace the fencing that protects our hemlock insectary from deer browse.  In 2014, we planted 200 hemlocks with the goal of those seedlings growing into a hedge to be used for raising Laricobius nigrinus for release in the Catskills.  Those seedlings are still growing and will be protected by a new metal deer fence.

CRISP Partners Meeting 8/16

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Thursday, 8/16 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Location TBD

Join us for our Quarterly CRISP Partner Meeting, share what Invasive Species work you are doing, and learn what other organizations are doing to stop invasive species.

CRISP Partners Meeting 10/18

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Thursday, 10/18 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Location TBD

Join us for our Quarterly CRISP Partner Meeting, share what Invasive Species work you are doing, and learn what other organizations are doing to stop invasive species.


 

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