Join the Conversation!


What Are Invasive Species?
Why Should We Care?

Luke J. Gervase, the Education and Outreach Specialist
with the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 pm
Setauket Neighborhood House
95 Main Street, Setauket

General knowledge about invasive species is often confusing and controversial. What does “invasive species” mean and why should we care or try to “manage” or control them? Which are the significant ones found on Long Island and what are some of the management strategies available to us? Why and how should native species be restored after removing invasives? Mr. Gervase will provide some examples such as the tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) trees common throughout the area, and the work LIISMA is doing with the spotted lanternfly (pictured) that has been identified in Pennsylvania but not yet on Long Island. Long Island is at a high risk of invasion due to the high abundance of host trees and proximity to the active infestation in Pennsylvania. The talk will be around 20 minutes and then we will open it up for a discussion. 

As always, JTC is free and open to public.
  Refreshments will be served.
Donations are always welcome.

Luke J. Gervase has been a part of the LIISMA PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) since April 2018, and is beyond excited to work on Long Island where he grew up. Luke earned his BS in Aquatics and Fisheries Science with a Marine Ecology minor from SUNY ESF, and is working towards completing his MS in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta. He has worked all throughout the Northeast and has spent time as an Aquatic Biologist in the private sector, a Boat Steward with CRISP (Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership) PRISM, and has spent time out at sea studying marine biodiversity and conservation. Luke’s duties include organizing and leading outreach events, training and supervising volunteers, and a wide range of field activities involving invasive species.
THE CONTEXT: Patriots Hollow State Forest (PHSF) on Route 25-A is of concern because of the storm damage, downed trees, vines, and general inaccessibility, as well as invasive species and the chaotic appearance in the heart of Setauket’s business area. The Trust is collaborating with the NYS DEC, which owns PHSF on our behalf, to plan and implement a restoration plan. We anticipate that there will be public planning workshops to help shape a plan, and we ask that you please think about ideas or information to help make us all better participants in the planning and implementing stages. 


We invite you to Join the Conversation and please think about your questions, especially as they relate to the community’s concern for the landscape along our Main Street, Route 25A. This has been the community’s planning focus over the past couple of years, the "25A Corridor Study," which we expect the Town of Brookhaven will soon release its draft plan based on the work done during that process. 

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