Invasive Plants and Animals
Firewood Transport Rules Revised August 2012 to improve regulartory compliance and enforcement. The existence of this regulation helps prevent firewood infested with invasive insects such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle from being transported throughout the state, destroying trees from one place to another.
What is an invasive species?
National Invasive Species Management Plan, an invasive species is "a species that is non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." This definition was adopted by the NYS Invasive Species Task Force. The Task Force refined the definition stating that to be considered "invasive", a non-native species‛ harm must significantly outweigh any benefits.
The newest invasive plant, Hydrilla verticillata, known commonly as 'hydrilla' or 'water thyme,' was detected in the Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca in August 2011. Hydrilla grows rapidly to form dense mats that blocks recreation and kills beneficial water weeds. Boaters using clean boating practices are key to prevent the spread of hydrilla and other aquatic invasive species. Remove any plants, mud or debris from boats or equipment that came in contact with water. Read more about hydrilla and what is being done to eradicate it.