GENESEO — In support of the statewide initiative, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 7-13 as Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) in Livingston County to promote awareness of invasive species, the harm they can cause, and how they can be detected and eradicated in order to protect the environment, human health, and economy.

ISAW features statewide events that encourage New York residents to help protect resources – such as fish, wildlife, plants, and crops – from the negative impacts of invasive species. This year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report” which highlights the importance of detecting infestations of invasive species early, thereby increasing the success of response efforts.

Invasive species are defined as non-native plants, animals, insects, or diseases that can cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. Common invasive species in Livingston County include Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, alewife, Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. Potential species to be on the lookout for are the spotted lanternfly, oak wilt, hydrilla and water chestnut.

Interactive events in Livingston County

July 9 – Invasive Species Walk & Talk, Genesee Valley Greenway, Mount Morris

July 20-21– Invasive Species & Water Quality Education Booth, Conesus Lake Association Arts & Craft Show, Long Point Park, Geneseo

Events nearby

July 12 – Hike & Strike, Letchworth State Park, Castile

July 14 – Forest Health Specialist Climbing Demonstrations, Letchworth State Park, Castile

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