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Workshop in Naples educates people on invasive species in forests and what to do about them

During a walk and workshop in Naples last Friday, Matt Gallo, an expert on terrestrial invaders, educated people on what else there is invading nature aside from just the gypsy moths.

The event was sponsored by the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association and people learned how to submit photos of invasive species with an app called iMapInvasives. Participants learned about maples, knotweed, garlic mustard and multiflora rose which are all invasive species in the local area.

Gallo, a terrestrial invasive species outreach coordinator for Finger Lakes PRISM, explained that invasive plants that crowd out trees are causing an issue for future forests: they are not letting new trees grow.


By not having new trees to replace the old ones, it has a domino effect on the ecosystem. He explained that animals won’t be able to get nutrition, the economy could suffer due to lack of lumber and that would result in a struggle to build things like furniture or houses.

The workshop helped to show people exactly how to identify and invasive species and tell it apart from good species the ecosystem needs. It helped to inform people of the negative effects that could potentially happen if trees aren’t growing and it also informed participants on positive ways to control invasive species like controlled burns or pesticides.

More information about PRISM and iMapInvasives is available through their website.



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