Eurasian milfoil species are not native to our state, and they are very difficult to control once they become fully established. Milfoil reproduces through fragmentation, whereby plant fragments break off from the parent plant through wind or boat action, grow roots, and settle in a new location.
Milfoil spreads rapidly and displaces beneficial native plant life. It makes swimming difficult and can devalue waterfront property. Where this species grows in its native environment, insects and fish may feed on this plant at such a rate as to control its growth. In our area, however, milfoil has no natural predators to keep its population in check. Under optimum temperature, light and nutrient conditions, milfoil may grow up to an inch per day.
How did exotic milfoil become established in New York? It was most likely a "stowaway" fragment attached to a boat or trailer that came to this region. Milfoil can live out of water for many hours if it remains moist.
News & Events 11/11/2015
Amanda Langseder has passed. Click this link to view the obituary.
Anne Thaw has passed. Click this link to view the obituary.
Click here to download the New York State Black Bear Response Manual. (PDF)
Reports on the water quality of Yankee Lake and an assessment of the plants in the Tail of the Whale are available for download. Click any of the four links below to access a downloadable PDF version of the report:Read More Read ALL
Local News 11/25/2015
NASA finds answer to why Mars' atmosphere doesn't have more carbon
Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere -- one that is far too thin to keep water from freezing or quickly evaporating. However, geological evidence has led scientists to conclude that ancient Mars was once a warmer, wetter plac...Read More