The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is proud to welcome Ben Zimmerman, Branch Manager at Applied Ecological Services, for a presentation about invasive plant identification and management at Onondaga Lake followed by a short walk along the lake shoreline.
Applied Ecological Services is a consulting, nursery, and construction firm that offers comprehensive, integrated expertise in ecological science, natural area restoration, geospatial services, engineering, and landscape architecture. Mr. Zimmerman has over 12 years in the ecological restoration industry and has led many wetland construction and management projects at Onondaga Lake. In addition to Onondaga Lake, Mr. Zimmerman oversees invasive vegetative species management at sites across NY and PA.
Invasive species are one of the largest threats to biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in New York State. These aggressive species are associated with numerous environmental problems such as degradation of water quality and fisheries, reductions in agricultural output, and changing the historic biological makeup of many public and private parks and wilderness areas around the state. There is also a measurable loss of habitat for native plant and animal communities, which is requiring significant expenditures by the state and its municipalities to remedy. Land managers implement a variety of mechanical, biological and chemical techniques to control invasive species. Additionally, by simply choosing native plants when landscaping our yards, neighborhood parks, and public spaces, we can help restore vital habitat for birds in our communities.
Fee: $5/person, $15/family (Please bring exact change or a check to the event).
Email email@example.com with the subject line "Onondaga Lake" or call 315.365.3588 by November 8. Space is limited and registration is required.
The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is an expanding organization of community volunteers who are contributing to restoration projects that are creating or improving wildlife habitat in the Onondaga Lake watershed.
The Corps was founded in 2012 to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an Important Bird Area.
The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps was founded by Honeywell in partnership with Montezuma Audubon Center and Onondaga Audubon is now an Audubon New York program. Additional Corps supporters include NextEra Energy, Parsons, OBG, Anchor QEA, Bond Schoeneck & King, Applied Ecological Services, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Wild Ones Habitat Gardening in CNY Chapter.