CANTON -- St. Lawrence County residents can learn about invasive species and their economic and ecological impacts at a session from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Learning Farm Classroom, 2043 State Rt. 68, Canton.
Invasive species of plants, animals, insects and microorganisms are among the most serious threats to native species, habitats and ecosystems within the five county area that define the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) Region.
Invasive species interfere with many types of outdoor recreation, reduce crop yields and interfere with harvest operations on local farms.
Along public roads and highways, invasive plants restrict visibility and create roadside hazards. Invasive insects and diseases kill trees in forested areas as well as along community streets.
The economic impact of invasive species in the United States alone has been estimated at $120 billion annually. Local communities have been challenged with controlling invasive species or mitigating their impacts at costs ranging from several thousand to millions of dollars.
The partners of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario - Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO-PRISM) invite general public, elected officials, highway personnel, sportsmen and women, boaters, gardeners, landscapers, hikers, birders, photographers, farmers, campers and other interested persons to attend.
For more information contact Paul Hetzler at Cornell Cooperative Extension by calling 379-9192, ext. 232 or emailing email@example.com