Invasive Species Awareness Week in NYS is June 7 – June 13

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Invasive Species Awareness Week in NYS is June 7 - June 13

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Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or human health. Invasives can come from as close as a few states away or as far as across the globe. Some invasives were actively introduced to create huntable or viewable populations, or even as a business enterprise, while others were transported via shipping crates, boat ballasts and other seemingly innocent methods like the bottom of your shoes after outdoor activities. The only limits to invasive travel are human limitations.

To combat the impacts of invasive species, DEC created and supports the Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (BISEH) within the Division of Lands and Forests. This group works across the state by providing expertise, assistance and action where invasive species are a threat. BISEH collaborates with numerous stakeholders including state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industries.

A picture of Nathan Hudson outside with trees in the backgroundNathan Hudson works for the BISEH as a specialist. Nathan grew up in Cortland County where he cultivated a love of the outdoors, specifically fishing. His love of forestry was sparked on Cranberry Lake during a high school program at the SUNY ESF Biological Station. “As soon as we had our weeklong program in high school, I knew that was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.”

Nathan started his career at DEC as a seasonal employee on a cutting crew in Region 3 managing the Emerald Ash Borer infestation in the Hudson Valley. He has also worked on Long Islands Southern Pine Beetle infestation. The invasive species targets the pitch pine tree, which is the dominant species in the Pine Barrens, and has already killed thousands of trees in the area.

In his spare time, Nathan enjoys traveling to visit friends and visiting our national parks. His favorite part of the job is working with people. He enjoys interacting with the public and teaching them how to care for and protect their trees.

To learn more about the BISEH and how to prevent the spread of invasive species, visit our website.

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