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


"To Be Forever Wild" Screening with Director David Becker


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


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.



Invasive Species Teach-In

Saturday, 7/14 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Wilber Park, Oneonta NY

Celebrate New York State's fifth Invasive Species Awareness Week with an Invasive Species Teach-In at the Wilber Park upper pavilion in Oneonta between 11am and 3pm. Local botanist Donna Vogler and her team from SUNY Oneonta will share their expertise about invasive plants with displays, activities for kids and adults, and a plant identification booth. See examples of common invasive plants, discover how to report new infestations, and learn what is being done to control them. You may bring suspicious plants or weeds for identification—bring either a good cell phone photo or bring the plant sealed in a gallon Ziploc bag. Unknown insects may also be dropped off for later identification. Insects must be sealed in a bag and frozen overnight, i.e., they must be dead). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by OCCA, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), and the City of Oneonta.


Mine Kill State Park Summerfest

Saturday, 7/21  11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mine Kill State Park, 161 Mine Kill Rd, North Blenheim, NY 

CRISP will be tabling at the Mine Kill State Park Summerfest, come learn more about invasive species!



Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training Workshops


CRISP is pleased to announce Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) training workshops (descriptions below)   Please attend to learn how you can contribute to ash conservation in the Catskills!

The Ecological Research Institute (ERI) is presenting a series of MaMA single-session training workshops throughout the CRISP region, in which attendees 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. Data from this network are used to find when areas are ready to search for likely EAB-resistant lingering ash (which provide the best hope for ash conservation). The workshops also include training in how to recognize ash and detect EAB, how to report EAB via the MaMA Ash/EAB Surveys Anecdata project; as well as introductions to MaMA’s “Potential Lingering Ash Toolkit” (to protect possible lingering ash from being felled) and MaMA’s other tools and integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation.  


All workshops are presented by MaMA’s originators, Jonathan Rosenthal (Director of ERI) and Dr. Radka Wildova (ERI Senior Scientist) and all include hands-on demonstrations of the techniques used to establish mortality plots, conduct Ash/EAB surveys, and report lingering ash. Attendance at an ERI MaMA workshop is required for participation in the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network and MaMA Lingering Ash Search citizen science/land manager projects. For more information on MaMA visit or email


Monday, 7/16, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County,   64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY 1275

To register, call 845-292-6180 or email Dayna Gaeta at


Tuesday, 7/17, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY 12457

 Pre-registration not required. For more information on this workshop, email



Monday, 7/20, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County (in cooperation with the Watershed Agricultural Council), 34570 State Highway 10, Suite 2, Hamden, NY 13782.

1/2 a credit for New York Logger Training continuing education is awarded for participation.To register, email Carla Hegeman Crim at or call 607-865-6531.


Monday, 7/23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, The Extension Center, 173 South Grand St, Cobleskill 12043

 For more information and to register, call 518-234-4303, or email  Registration is open through Friday, July 20, 2018.


Tuesday, 7/24, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), Mohican Farms, 7207 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown, 13326 (~8 miles north of the Village)

 For more information and to register, call 607-282-4087, or email  Registration is open through Friday, July 20, 2018.


CRISP Partners Meeting 8/16


Thursday, 8/16 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Watershed Agricultural Council, 33195 State Highway 10, Walton

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. Our featured speaker is Tim McCay, professor at Colgate University, who will describe recent findings in earthworm ecology relevant to the Northeast. The earthworm species pool in northeastern North America consists of native species, putative exotic species from Europe that have likely been here for centuries, and recently-arrived exotic species from Asia. The dynamic interactions among these species provide a “natural experiment” in ecology, but to date we have learned very little about how things are playing out.  In the presentation you will learn that (1) native species are probably more important in the Northeast than you thought, (2) the invasion of habitats by European species is still relevant and consequential, even hundreds of years after introduction, and (3) the potential impact of Asian "crazy worms" in North America is virtually unknown (but seems awful).



Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Phenology Training

Saturday, 9/8 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Claryville Church Hall, 946 Claryville Rd, Claryville NY

Phenology is the life cycle of an organism. Currently, little is known about hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) phenology across the landscape. A deeper understanding of the life cycle of HWA throughout New York State can tell us where and when to release biocontrol insects, where to monitor for biocontrol establishment, and allow us to track HWA response to different climate factors in the field.

In this training, join one of the New York State Hemlock Initiative’s experienced field technicians as they take you through the yearly phenology of hemlock woolly adelgid. Learn how to identify HWA in the field during any time of year, including just following their summer aestivation period. Learn about why it’s important to track the life cycle of HWA, and how you can help them find out more about HWA and hemlock conservation in your area. Learn how to enter data in a mobile survey form developed by the NYS Hemlock Initiative in partnership with the USA National Phenology Network. Direct any questions and RSVP to


Thorn Preserve Bioblitz 2018

Friday, 9/21 & Saturday, 9/22

There are many ways in which you can participate in the BioBlitz at Thorn Preserve.

  • Help before the event with planning and coordinating. Contact to volunteer with planning and coordinating.

  • Register for one of the Data Collection Training Sessions: To be announced.

  • Sign up to work with the Biologists as they gather data. Schedule coming soon.

  • Volunteer on the days of the event to help with parking, set up, snack/refreshment set up, games, and packing up on Saturday.

  • Photography

Learn more at


CRISP Partners Meeting 10/18


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. Our featured speaker is Kathryn Long of APHIS, who will discuss "Monitoring for Feral Swine in New York."