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May 28, 2013

Invasive Species Public Information Session Scheduled for June 11

MEXICO - The St. Lawrence - Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) has scheduled a public information session to discuss the impacts and management of invasive species, and to teach the skills needed to monitor high risk local areas. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Edick Hamlink VFW on 5930 Scenic Ave. in Mexico.

Invasive species are foreign organisms that are a threat to an environment and human health. They can be animals, plants, or microorganisms that disturb the territories of native life existence. Their presence results in a decrease in population of the natural environment.

"There are several invasive species present in Oswego County," said Rob Williams, invasive species program coordinator for The Nature Conservancy. "Attention must be brought to this issue due to its effect on the natural resources of our county. Examples of local invasive plants found in the area are the water chestnut, swallow wort, giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. By identifying these invasive species as a county we can protect our environment."

Williams said the economic impact of invasive species in the U.S. is estimated at $120 to $138 billion annually. "If we do not catch them early enough and it gets out of control, it would result in huge costs both socially and economically," said Williams.

The meeting will cover several topics including species identification, impacts, and prevention measures.

"Most importantly we will provide participants with the skills to monitor their favorite landscape or body of water. This allows for early detection and rapid response should a new species be found," said Williams.

For more information on the SLELO-PRISM or on invasive species in our area, visit the SLELO website at www.sleloinvasives.org


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