New York Officials On Watch For Invasive Species That Damage Trees, Crops
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) - State officials are asking New Yorkers for help in identifying the latest invasive species to creep into the state. The spotted lanternfly is spreading to a growing number of counties in New York, including the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.
While it can damage more than 70 different special of plants, one major concern is for the state’s wine industry. It’s already done damage to Pennsylvania's vineyards. "We’ve done outreach with the grape industry and also through the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation to be sure our partners in the grape industry are aware of this," Logue said. Identifying and destroying the pests early on is key. That’s where New Yorkers can help, according to Logue. “If someone from the general public finds one, if they can take a photo of it and report it thought the recording tool, that’s helpful,” he said. “It’s also helpful if they can safely collect a sample of the spotted lanternfly." Information about how to help is on the NYS Agriculture and Markets website.