New York DEC Reaches Accord With Invasive Species Institute

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance.ALBANY — In an effort to combat the influx of invasive species in New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation has reached an agreement to work with the New York Invasive Species Institute and Cornell University.The new partnerships with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) and Cornell University to develop and support projects and research to help limit the spread of invasive species.“New York State recognizes the challenges we face preventing the spread of invasive species, particularly in light of our changing climate, changing habitats, and changing ecosystems,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “With sustained support and investments through the Environmental Protection Fund, DEC’s invasive species program continues to be a national leader, and the work of Cornell and the New York Invasive Species Institute bolster and complement New York’s efforts to effectively manage invasive species.”Cornell University is the current host for the Invasive Species Research Institute. Nearly 50 scientific investigations about invasive species have been/are being conducted. Today’s announcement sustains the State’s ongoing collaboration with NYISRI to coordinate invasive species research and develop outreach efforts to conserve New York’s hemlock resources in the face of multiple threats, particularly the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect. Supported by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund with $3.5 million, the NYISRI five-year term agreement includes $2.5 million for invasive species projects; the agreement with Cornell University includes a two-year term with $1 million to support the New York Hemlock Initiative.The five-year project memorandum of understanding (MOU) will support key positions and services at NYISRI for focused work on identifying invasive species, education, outreach, and targeted control efforts. NYISRI performs many critical and innovative tasks in the field of invasive species research, including biological control of water chestnut (Trapa natans), swallow-wort (Cynanchum spp.), and japanese knotweed (Reynoutria spp.), as well as measuring success and associated metric development and coordinating invasive species research needs in New York State.New York is home to vast stands of eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis). These trees are threatened by the introduction of the invasive insect HWA and other environmental stressors. HWA is now a serious threat to the survival of hemlock in eastern forests. Funded through the MOU, Cornell’s New York Hemlock Initiative provides a critical service by developing methods to conserve hemlock, including the growth and release of several biological control agents and other fundamental survey, research, and trend analyses.The Hemlock Initiative includes collaboration with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials, and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of forest insect pests and non-native invasive insects, such as HWA. Research is now underway on the forest stand dynamics of invasive non-native forest pest impacts and implementation of biological control strategies for HWA. This initiative involves the completion of a statewide prioritization of hemlock stands, establishment and maintenance of hemlock nursery stock to host biocontrol agents, and the rearing, release, and monitoring of non-native predatory insects into the environment to reduce the severity and extent of HWA infestations in New York State and reduce or prevent hemlock mortality.Cornell University also houses the Sarkaria Arthropod Research Laboratory, a quarantine facility that provides research capacity for arthropods and experimentation on their biology and control. The facility houses exotic pest species and non-indigenous arthropods with the potential to serve as biological control agents of pests.The outcomes of these projects inform activities undertaken by DEC, NYISRI, New York’s eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) and other partners.Additional areas of focus include:Water Chestnut Biological Control: Water chestnut, an aquatic invasive species, has had significant negative ecological and economic consequences. Conventional mechanical control of water chestnut is labor intensive and must be maintained in perpetuity. However, development of a biological control program offers hope for a cost-effective and ecologically sound alternative. Cornell University evaluated a potential biocontrol agent between 2002 and 2005. This contract will allow for the continuation of work initiated at Cornell University to test and implement a biocontrol program for water chestnut.Swallow-wort Biological Control: Swallow-wort is an aggressive invasive perennial plant that forms dense patches in a variety of habitats and which may have negative impacts on monarch butterfly populations. Current practices to control invasive swallow-worts include the application of herbicides and mechanical removal. These practices can have negative side effects. The pilot biological control project was initiated in New York State 2018. Maintaining the established Swallow-wort Biocontrol Research Collaborative supports rearing and releases of an approved biocontrol agent for swallow-worts.Japanese Knotweed Biological Control: Japanese knotweed is a perennial herb with shrub-like form grows 3-9′ and threatens riparian corridors, fens, springs, ravines, forests, and streamsides. This five-year agreement will renew efforts to locate and test additional biocontrol agents for Japanese knotweed using demographic and phylogenetic approaches.Dr. Bernd Blossey, Professor, Department of Natural Resources for NYISRI/Cornell University, said, “With the significant long-term funding provided by the DEC, we are enabled to continue important fundamental and applied work to help protect and restore New York’s biodiversity and ecosystems in collaboration with other scientists and land managers across the state.”Entomologist Mark Whitmore of Cornell University said, “State support for the New York State Hemlock Initiative has been crucial for our ability to develop a network of cooperators and management strategies, including biological controls, in response to the threat to our hemlocks posed by HWA. The rapid and coordinated response by DEC and private conservation organizations with the recent discovery of HWA in the Lake George area is a prime example of how education and planning can help save the magnificent hemlock forests of New York.”last_img read more

Disaster preparedness

first_imgIf your safe haven is a ravine or ditch, however, Knox warns to be aware of possible flooding. Emergency plan of actionTo develop a home emergency plan, Knox offers some guidance. During a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning, the basement is the safest place to go if you live in a traditional frame home, Knox said. If you don’t have a basement, seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the home. The room shouldn’t have windows and should be the smallest interior room. “Typically, this will be either a bathroom or a closet,” Knox said. “A bathroom is best because the plumbing will provide extra structural integrity should the tornado hit.” If time allows, Knox recommends bringing a mattress and pillows into the room to use as protection from flying debris. Alternative shelterIf you live in a mobile home or trailer, seek alternative shelter, she said. “Some mobile home parks have storm shelters available for severe weather conditions,” she said. “If not, have an alternate plan in place before severe weather occurs.” Seeking shelter outdoors should be a last resort. “People should not be out in the open during a tornado,” she said. “If a tornado can blow a board into a tree, just imagine what it can do to a human.” If you are in your car, resist the urge to drive away. You are much safer in one spot than you are on the road. If you have time, get out of the car and into a reinforced structure. “And don’t try to seek shelter under an overpass like the people you see in videotapes,” Knox said. “The wind can be stronger under these structures due to the wind tunnel effect. And if the bridge falls, your risk of injury is significantly higher.” Otherwise, the National Weather Service recommends that you get out of the car and into the lowest possible site. The strong winds can pick up your car and fling it long distances. By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaA rash of tornadoes and severe weather made a trek across Georgia Feb. 18, putting residents on high alert. Schools and offices normally have plans in place for weather emergencies. Families should also have prepared emergency weather plans, says a University of Georgia meteorologist. “Families should practice their emergency plan well before the impending threat of a tornado or other weather emergency,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist and a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Buy a battery operated weather radio and keep it with you,” she said. “Most tornadoes only last about 15 minutes, but it will seem much longer if you aren’t aware of what to expect.”last_img read more

Wood Ash

first_imgMany Georgia families enjoy building roaring fires in their fireplaces or wood-burning stoves during the winter. Whether as a source of heat or for enjoyment, when the flames die down, a pile of wood ash remains.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents get calls this time of year from gardeners asking if they can add wood ash to their garden plots. UGA Extension consumer vegetable specialist Bob Westerfield says the answer is “yes, but in moderation.”“At the end of the day, ashes are a source of nutrients; primarily potassium or potash,” he said.“You can add wood ash to your garden and get the soil to a level where it’s good for your vegetables, but the problem is adding too much.”This potash is a stable nutrient, so it doesn’t “go away quickly” from the soil once you add it, he said.Adding wood ash to a garden plot also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil, similar to applying lime. Like lime, this will increase the pH level in your soil, Westerfield added.  “Again, once the pH hits a proper level and you have a slightly acidic soil, if you keep throwing ashes out there it’s just going to skyrocket the pH. Your soil will end up going the other direction and become too basic,” he said. “Your vegetable plants will start to yellow because the plants will no longer be able to absorb the nitrogen. They essentially begin to starve themselves to death.”Slightly acid soil at a pH level of 6.5-6.8 is perfect for most vegetables and ornamentals.When too much wood ash is added to the soil, the pH will “jump up,” nutrients can get out balance and the roots can’t absorb the nutrients.To safely add wood ash to your home vegetable garden, Westerfield recommends adding no more than five pounds of wood ash per 1,000 square feet per year. To check the pH level, take a soil sample to your local UGA Extension office and have the soil tested every two years.“The soil test will tell you the pH level and if you are at a level where you need to hold off on adding more wood ash,” Westerfield said.Wood ash should not be added to compost piles.“Compost needs an acidic environment. The wood ash may slow down the microbes,” he said. “This is also why UGA Extension agents and specialists say not to add lime to your compost pile. You can add a little fertilizer, though.”last_img read more

Trail Mix – February 2016

first_img 3:58 Audio PlayerThe WestiesIf I Had A GunUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 5:15 You Have Grown Simon Linsteadt Carnival Of Hopes Jane Kramer To Get By Malcolm Holcombe Greatest Hits Gladiola 3:12 3:16 Loser David Gans 5:15 If I Had A Gun The Westies 4:04 4:08 4:10 Cold Burger, Cold Fries Henry Wagons 3:34 5:27 Hideous Monster Jon Patrick Walker Receiver The Waco Brothers Memories Larry Keel 4:01 6:54 The Asp And The Albatross Freakwater Solitude Alpenglow 2:30 Meridian Paul Burch Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:02 She’s Going To Mexico I’m Going To Jail 8 Ball Aitken There are few people on the planet who know the Grateful Dead like David Gans knows the Grateful Dead.Gans, who has ushered fans from around the world through the soundscape of the Grateful Dead via the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour on public radio and his SiriusXM call in show for nearly three decades, recently published This Is All A Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, his fourth book focused on the band.Gans also released It’s A Hand-Me-Down, a collection of Grateful Dead tunes easily recognized by dedicated Deadheads and even casual fans, late last year. Trail Mix is excited to feature “Loser” on this month’s mix.Also included this month is a brand new track from jazz sax master Stan Getz. Perhaps describing the tune, “O Grande Amor,” as “brand new” is a bit of a stretch, as the recording was laid down in 1976. it is only now being released, four decades later, in the deluxe CD Moments In Time.Some fantastic musicians with Asheville ties pop up on this month’s mix. Check out brand new tunes from Larry Keel, Malcolm Holcombe, and Jane Kramer.Be sure to check out the new music from Carrie Rodriguez, 8 Ball Aitken, Old Man Canyon, Jon Patrick Walker, Gladiola, Alpenglow, The Westies, Freakwater, Simon Linsteadt, Colours, The Waco Brothers, and Henry Wagons.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month for chats with Eric Brace, Dori Freeman, Paul Burch, and a ticket giveaway for Jane Kramer’s CD release party at The Grey Eagle in Asheville.And, of course, get out and buy some of this incredible music. Support these artists who so willingly support Trail Mix. Grab a disc. Buy some concert tickets. Spread the word and tell a friend. These great musicians appreciate it. Been Awhile Eric Brace & Peter Cooper O Grande Amor Stan Getz 3:52 6:50 Ain’t Nobody Dori Freeman Back to the Start Old Man Canyon Monster Colours 3:18 3:43 4:28 Z Carrie Rodriguez + The Sacred Hearts Embed 3:11 2:48last_img read more

Latin American Sailors Attend Coast Guard Course in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo April 18, 2009 BOGOTA, April 17, 2009 (AFP) – Navy alumni from 12 Latin American countries and the Caribbean kicked off on the first international coast guard course in the Colombian port of Cartagena, which will last two months, according to a military report on Friday. The objective of this course is to train staff in maritime law enforcement procedures at sea and in the protection of human life, to successfully carry out the operations assigned during their terms of service, according to the report. The course was attended by pupils from the navies of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Colombia.last_img read more

4 ways to humanize company culture

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizations are made up of human beings. Now I know we all try to put on a good show, but let’s get real — underneath it all, we’re a hot mess. We’ve got more baggage than the Kardashians going on a ski trip. But through years of training ourselves, we’ve learned how to (most of the time) shove that humanness way down inside and present a more…*ahem*…”polished” version of ourselves.But who are we kidding — we’ve all had those life-handing-us-lemons  kinds of days, right? The days where the more chipper among us are talking us through how to make lemonade with the aforementioned lemons, all the while we’re contemplating precisely with how much velocity we’d need to throw one of those lemons to hit a particular colleague six cubicles down.We’re humans. We’re imperfect. And sometimes, that imperfection is on full display. Take this guy, for example… continue reading »last_img read more

Bidders line up for M&S properties

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Back on the road: E-scooter service GrabWheels returns to Jakarta streets

first_imgElectric scooter rental service GrabWheels has made a comeback to the streets of Jakarta following months of hiatus since November last year.The return of the service, operated by ride-hailing decacorn Grab, follows the issuance of Transportation Ministery Regulation No. 45/2020 on electric-powered transportation signed by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on June 16.Grab Indonesia president Ridzki Kramadibrata said the company expected the service — relaunched on Thursday with the support of the Transportation Ministry and the Jakarta Police — to serve as an alternative solution for “first-mile and last-mile trips” for the people in the capital. “The public will be able to ride GrabWheels on designated lanes, such as bicycle lanes. We hope GrabWheels will be a solution for the public that will also contribute positively to the environment and the transportation ecosystem,” Ridzki said in a statement.Grab has added safety features for the relaunch, including transmitting sensors built into the scooters to limit their use in forbidden areas, such as pedestrian bridges, automatic lights and reflectors as well as a forced speed limit of 15 kilometers per hour.The company said it would also provide riders with health insurance and safety education through the Grab mobile app and roadshows. It also encourages riders to bring their own safety helmet.Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the company said, it would carry out routine disinfection of the electric vehicles at all seven Grabwheels stations in the capital. GrabWheels can be found in seven locations in Jakarta, namely Thamrin 10, Intiland Tower, Blok M Square, Blok M Mall, Kuningan City, Lotte Shopping Avenue and the BRI 2 Building, the company said, adding that more locations would be available in the future.“We will also constantly remind GrabWheels users to always follow [stringent] health and safety protocols,” Ridzki said.Jakarta Police community development director Sr. Comr. Badya Wijaya said in a statement that the police would supervise GrabWheels security at all stations, including customers’ compliance with the new safety protocols.In November last year, the Jakarta Transportation Agency banned users of electric scooters from roaming freely on the streets for safety reasons, shortly after two users had been hit by a car and died outside of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta.During the ban, the company only offered GrabWheels services in specific areas. Grab also provided the service for medical workers at Central Jakarta COVID-19 emergency hospitals to aid their mobility.Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery’s ‘horrible’ Mesut Ozil dilemma perfectly summed up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link973Shares Unai Emery’s ‘horrible’ Mesut Ozil dilemma perfectly summed up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny Wojciech Szczesny won the FA Cup twice as a teammate of Mesut Ozil’s (Picture: Getty)center_img Gervinho wasn’t in the top 400 players Wojciech Szczesny has been a teammate of (Picture: Getty)‘You watch a match on TV & you’re like, ‘how has he seen that? I haven’t & I’ve got the whole screen on TV.’The Poland international was less charitable when it came to assessing some of his other former Arsenal teammates including the likes of Alex Hleb and Gervinho, who he claims failed at the north London club for differing reasons.‘[He] thought he would be in the top 40 I played with?! Add one more 0,’ Szczesny said of the erratic Ivory Coast winger, before claiming Hleb ‘could have achieved more in football. He still made a great career but he liked to drink.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Mesut Ozil has featured more prominently for Arsenal in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny fears Mesut Ozil will never be able to provide Unai Emery with the consistency he craves.The 30-year-old has struggled to win over the former Sevilla manager who has steadfastly refused to afford him the same privileges he enjoyed under the reign of Arsene Wenger.Ozil has been left out of several matches for tactical reasons and his regular illnesses frustrated Emery who has relented in recent weeks and started the former Real Madrid playmaker in crucial games against Manchester United, as well as the Europa League comeback win over Rennes earlier this week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySzczesny played with Ozil for the two seasons which immediately followed his then club record move Real before he was loaned out to Roma and subsequent transfer to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSumming up the frustration Emery faces in Ozil, Sczesny said: ‘Seven times he’s brilliant, two times he’s horrible.‘He can’t stabilise his form in the Premier League and I really cant tell why. He has unbelievable vision. Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery details Matteo Guendouzi’s transformation at Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Guendouzi has stood out for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)‘But also, we were working with him on some details we needed to improve with him – his food, his body, how we can work to make it stronger, his arms, his body, his legs.‘This year, I think he’s taken one step ahead, improving and also giving us one level more in his performances.‘We want to continue with him, working in each training session and in each match.‘For him and for us it’s a big challenge to take that step ahead.‘For other young players, his spirit, his progress, his development is a good example, for (Joe) Willock, for Emile Smith Rowe, for Reiss Nelson. It’s a very good example for everybody.’MORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about unhappiness at Arsenal before Roma moveMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarryTuesday 10 Sep 2019 6:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Unai Emery details Matteo Guendouzi’s transformation at Arsenalcenter_img Emery plucked Guendouzi from Ligue 2 (Picture: Getty)‘He started last year, at the beginning, with some doubts about his adaptation after he came from Lorient in the second division in France.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was very young, but his ambition and his wish to adapt very quickly, as well as his quality, were very good for us.‘He started playing and training with us, and after, his progress and development during the season was amazing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Guendouzi was called up to France’s national side this month (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has heaped praise on Matteo Guendouzi and regards the midfielder as the example to follow for Arsenal’s young stars.Guendouzi has made an excellent start to his second season with Arsenal and earned his first call-up to the France national squad this month.The 20-year-old joined Arsenal from Ligue 2 last summer and Emery detailed how Guendouzi underwent his impressive transformation in the last 12 months.‘Matteo is a very good example for how we can develop our young players, with new young players or the spirit within the players who are here now,’ Emery told the club website.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more