Category Archives: Invasive Species Management

Invasive Species ID Training | June 3rd 10 – to 3

japanese-knotweedThe Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership and the NY Natural Heritage Program in partnership with the Olive Natural Heritage Society and the Adirondack Mountain Club, is offering a free Invasive Species Identification and iMapInvasives Training on Saturday June 3rd at 10 am at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457. We will be identifying common invasive plants that are underreported in the Catskills and show how you can contribute to New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators, and natural resource professionals. The training will include beginner and advanced levels, including showing you how to use your smartphone to report new findings.. Visit for schedule details and registration, and contact with general questions.
Please bring your lunch! The training will be from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Devil’s Path Trail Crew Trip|6/24 & 6/25|9:30-5:00


Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on June 24th & 25th as we perform seasonal maintenance on the legendary Devil’s Path. We will make arrangements to stage vehicles at Predigger Rd, prior to 9:30 when we will meet at the Spruceton Rd trail head, in Westkill.

We ask that all volunteers dress appropriately for work on the trail. Sturdy footwear (hiking boots) are strongly recommended. Gloves and safety glasses are required. The crew will have some protective equipment available. However,  to ensure the best fit and performance it is suggested that you bring your own gloves, and glasses. Seasonal trail maintenance requires the use of hand saws, by-pass loppers, and other hand tools. You are welcome to bring your tools if you have some that you are comfortable using, or the Trail Crew will train you on the use of the tools we have.

The trip is held over the course of 2 days. There is an option to camp with the crew, or join for just one of the days. We ask that you state clearly in the registration form, if you plan on attending the outing for one or both days. For more information about this trip contact Will Soter, Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps, p: 518-628-4243 e:

To register for this event please complete the form below:

Help Save the Hemlocks! | Saturday 10/22

Sick and tired of peak bagging, leaf peeping, and red lining? Eager to try something completely different? There are still a few slots left for this Saturday’s hemlock wooly adelgid training and survey in Denning. Learn about hemlocks, their key role in Catskills ecosystems, and how the wooly adelgid has become a threat. This is a full day’s outing, with training by Dan Snider of the Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership and then we will complete a survey of a hemlock stand. Not a long or strenuous hike, but expect to spend the day outdoors under the canopy of ancient hemlocks.

For more information, or to register, email Heather Rolland at

Space is limited to please register by Friday, 10/21.

Mile-A-Minute Survey & Removal

When Mon, July 11, 10am – 2pm

Where Cochecton, NY 12726, USA (map)

Description Join CRISP and National Park Service staff in pulling Mile-A-Minute weed at the only location of the plant in the CRISP region. Learn how to identify Mile-A-Minute and participate in helping to remove it. Bring gloves, lunch and water. Wear long pants, dress for the weather, and take precautions against ticks. Contact John Thompson, CRISP Coordinator,, 845-586-2611 or 845-707-3556 to preregister and for meeting place and other details.

Join us for a day of Invasive Species (Swallowwart) Removal

Join us Monday July 18th from 9am to 4pm for a day of invasive species control in Pine Hill.  The Primary objective is to continue to control and eradicate Swallowwart and Oriental Bittersweet from the property off of Lower Birch Road in Pine Hill, NY.

Work  can consist of scouting for plants that we’re not aware of, digging the plants that are away from the main infestations, cutting plants that have already had their flowers removed.  There will also be information for the volunteers on the life cycle and issues with the plant.  The day will be led by Andrew, a Cornell Master Naturalist,  professional horticulturist.  Trainer in the DEC WAVE program and level 7 reporter in the DEC invasive program.

All tools and equipment will be provided, participants should bring plenty of water, lunch, and sturdy hiking shoes.  Bug spray and sunscreen are always a good idea as well.

To get to the property go to Pine Hill, NY 12465 via NY route 28.  In Pine Hill access Birch Creek Road right off 28.  Take Birch Creek Road until you can take a right turn on to Lower Birch Creek Road…there will be a large open field on the right. Lower Birch Creek Road is a well maintained dirt road.  Take it to the end where there’s a DEC parking area where everyone will meet.

Identifying Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer | Saturday May 21st | 1-3pm

Join Dan Snider of the Catskill Center’s C.R.I.S.P. staff for a power point presentation and discussion on identifying Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. The talk will include some brief life history, biocontrol info and management practices. The training includes going outdoors and offering field training in practical surveying techniques, what to look for to document extent of infestations, how to survey for biocontrols and other useful information.

For more information please visit:

Hemlock Citizen Science

CRISP will also be doing training’s for hemlock woolly adelgid identification and reporting. I will be training volunteers in HWA ID and infestation density characterization, as well as iMap Invasives use to report any instances of HWA found in hemlock stands. The goal is to help CRISP characterize the outer limits of the infestation in the Catskills. Dates of training’s TBD.

For more information or to sign up contact Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager, CRISP at