Environment

A number of water-related issues face Putnam County residents and businesses, including drinking water quality, non-point source pollution, over-use and mis-use of fertilizers, landscaping practices and loss of water-protective ecosystems due to population growth. About one-third of Putnam County is water, much of it in the New York City Watershed, operated by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/watershed_protection/home/htm

The Great Swamp, a wetlands ecosystem that provides habitat, food and shelter to a wide variety of birds, amphibians, fish, insects and plants, is one of the most effective purifiers of underground aquifers. Putnam County is home to a number of protected species, including the Indiana Brown Bat and a small population of Blandings turtles. Invasive plants like the Common Reed, Mile-A-Minute Vine and Black Swallowwort can endanger these and other animals and change the ecosystems they depend on. Native plants, on the other hand, are hardy, low-maintenance solutions that help protect the environment and give you a beautiful garden. Our professional educators can link you to fact sheets, websites and research-based information about the natural resources in the county and the region, native plants and animals, invasive species and control methods, as well as university research in these areas.

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Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges faced by our generation, and Cornell researchers are involved with many aspects of addressing this challenge regionally and globally.

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Wildlife Seed Sowing

for Pollinators and other Wildlife class on Sat., Jan. 20,10 am - 12pm. CCE Putnam Master Gardeners will present the basics of seed propagation, the importance of native plants.

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Invasive Earthworms

The Asian jumping earthworm is an invasive species that endangers our forests. Find out how what it does, and how to identify and help contain these worms.

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Heating with wood

When comparing heating fuels, wood has a lot of advantages, and there are now more options of equipment to burn it in than ever before.

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Contact

Jennifer Stengle
Resource Educator, Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resource
jjs95@cornell.edu
845-278-6738

Last updated December 1, 2017