Winter is a great time to do your gardening research or to learn something new. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors should be familiar with the New York State Invasive Species program. Their website, nyis.info, was founded in 2008 as a gateway for New Yorkers to get timely, scientific and policy information for preventing, eradicating and managing invasive species. This includes plants as well as nuisance wildlife and aquatic species.

Invasive means a species that is nonnative to the ecosystem and whose introduction causes environmental harm or harm to humans. They are a problem because they out-compete native species and change ecosystems. This is why we all have a stake in the invasive species issue; it is important to know about them, recognize them and to know the difference between a “prohibited” and “regulated” invasive species.

The state website at nyis.info contains a wealth of information, including photos of different invasives and where in the state they have been found. You can also download a copy of the brochure that lists both the prohibited and regulated plants and other invasive species in New York.

By preventing the introduction or spread of invasives, we can save time, effort and money in the future. Spend your time in the winter learning about invasives. By learning about invasives you can make a difference for the environment. For more garden information, including fact sheets and resources, visit our website at cceoneida.com. Learn more and keep your garden growing over the winter months!