Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program

Worksite Location
CCE Onondaga
Faculty Sponsor
Mark Whitmore, Dept. of Natural Resources
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Deborah Grantham, Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences
Stipend Amount
$6,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Develop a list of priority hemlock stands in the Skaneateles Lake watershed. Survey these stands for presence of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). Identify hemlock hedges on private properties, contact landowners, and evaluate for potential rearing of HWA predators. Conduct outreach to landowners in infested areas so they are aware of best management practices.

Roles and Responsibilities

Intern will identify hemlock stands, inventory them, and map specific locations where HWA has been found. Data on infestation severity will be taken. Results will be mapped and analyzed with Mark Whitmore and reported to the Finger Lakes PRISM and the CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program. CCE Educator Jessi Lyons will assist in identifying priority hemlock stands and obtaining landowner permission to enter the property.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

Intern will need to be able to identify the species of interest, know inventory methods, and be able to map point and extent data (use of GPS and an on-line mapping system).

Benefits and Skills

Intern will learn about invasive species, their impacts, potential management strategies, and design of an applied research approach to the issue. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid will be the focus of the project. The intern also will learn about Cornell Cooperative Extension, its mission and approaches, and how CCE interacts with and supports partners.