The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public hearing today to discuss regulations to ban (or restrict) more than 115 invasive species including mute swans, zebra mussels, Africanized honey bees, and four varieties of carp, as well as several types of fungi and plants from the area.
According to a study by the invasive species task force begun by (then) Governor George Pataki in 2003, “46% of the species of plants and animals listed as federal endangered or threatened are at risk because of invasive species which compete with native species for food and natural habitat.”
The same report also stated that it costs the DEC between $13 million-$40 million just to get rid of Asian long-horned beetles from New York City and Long Island each year.
The meeting will be held at 2pm this afternoon in the basement conference room at the DEC Region 1 headquarters at Stony Brook University, 50 Circle Rd., Stony Brook, NY. Those unable to attend can still make their comments known through Monday by either e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Leslie Suprenant, NYS DEC Invasive Species Coordination Unit, 625 Broadway, fl 5, Albany, NY 122333.