NEWS & UPDATES
What We Do at CRISP
CRISP's resources are geared towards dealing with Early Detection Rapid Response invasive species, as well as certain forest pests (EAB, HWA). At this time, CRISP rarely assists in the eradication of some highly abundant invasives--such as Japanese knotweed or multiflora rose--but our staff is more than happy to consult with individuals regarding identification of and control methods available for these species. Send any questions regarding invasive species that threaten the Catskills region to firstname.lastname@example.org or (845)586-2611.
Joing forces with USDA-APHIS and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, CRISP has entered the bold new world of biological control. To tackle emerald ash borer (EAB) three species of tiny stingless wasps are currently being released at several carefully slected sites experiencing high rates of ash mortality due to EAB. The wasps, known as parasitoids, lay their eggs in EAB larvae, killing the insect before it can pupate and emerge from the tree. These control agents, which only target emerald ash borer, are also currently being released in Canada and Michigan, where EAB was first discovered over a decade ago.
For more information on biological control, please take a look at our presentations.
Catskill Community Ash Tree Inventory Project
CRISP recruited and trained volunteers to inventory ash street trees in 20 communities throughout the Catskills.
Check on the Catskill Community Ash Tree Inventory Project webpage to view our results and to find out if we've been in your community.
Early Detection Network and Outreach
In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Green County, CRISP is developing an early detection network of trained Master Gardener volunteers and Cornell Cooperative Extension staff in each county in our region to act as the first line of defense for early detections of new invasive species.
Learn more about Early Detection Network and Outreach
Asian Longhorned Beetle Public Outreach
CRISP is working with Vibrant Creative to develop a multi-media campaign to reach a broad audience with the message “Don’t Move Firewood” and information on how to identify the beetle and its symptoms.
Learn more about Asian Longhorned Beetle Public Outreach
Ulster County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force
The Ulster County EAB Task Force was created to address the needs of communities in Ulster County in responding to the impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Learn more about the Ulster County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force
Greene County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force
The Greene County EAB Task Force was created to address the needs of communities in Greene County in responding to the impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Learn more about the Greene County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force
2011 was the pilot year for a citizen science project in which landowners who already cut firewood can girdle an ash tree in the spring and then cut it down and peel back the bark in the spring to look for Emerald Ash Borer larvae.
Learn more about the Ash Sentinel Tree Project
Minutes from CRISP Quarterly Meetings and Annual Reports