Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment or to human health. As a threat to our biodiversity, they have been judged second only to habitat loss. Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County provides education through workshops and outreach to help people and communities identify and manage invasive species as well as learn about alternatives.

Dutchess County has numerous farms, four colleges, the Culinary Institute of America, many parks, museums, golf courses, trails to bike, hike or horse ride, historic villages and quaint hamlets. It is a desirable place to live and visit. Invasive plants, insects and aquatic species can have a negative impact on the ecosystem. Native plants and animals can be diminished; landscapes that once were a pleasure to view could become a blanket of one or more invasive plants. Thousands of dollars are spent each year in an attempt to control the spread of invasive species.

If you suspect you have found a new invasive plant or insect, please call the Horticulture Hotline at 845-677-5067. The hotline is open Wednesdays, from 9-noon, April through October.

Invasive species websites:

NYSDEC 2012 Aerial Forest Health Survey http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/40705.html

2011 Forest Health Report- A recently created summary with brief status updates of the major forest pests of concern here in NY and some in nearby states. Also, included are some details on each EAB infestation site in the state.

2011 Invasive Species in Dutchess County Report

Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities- Best management practices for controlling bedbugs