Black jetbead is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 5 feet tall. It forms a dense shrub layer that shades out native species and restricts the establishment of tree seedlings. Black jetbead is one of our Data Gap Species Priorities for 2024.
Hardy kiwi readily germinates under a closed canopy and can climb up and smother surrounding vegetation. This allows it to crowd out native vegetation and reduce biodiversity. Hardy kiwi is an Approaching Region Priority Species.
Spotted lanternfly has been found in Western New York, in the Buffalo area. The Department of Agriculture and Markets is asking for the public’s assistance by reporting sightings.
HWA is a tiny, aphid-like insect that was first reported in the eastern United States in the 1950’s. Its name derives from a white “wool-like” covering, called an ovisac, on mature egg-laying adults.