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Giant Hogweed Training Putnam Co.

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 17:05

We would like to invite you to attend training on the invasive plant Giant Hogweed to be given by Naja Kraus, the Giant Hogweed Program Coordinator for NYSDEC Division of Lands and Forests.

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a Federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness.  Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides. Populations have been found and are being controlled in Putnam County as well as in many other locations across the state of New York.

WHEN: Tuesday June 17

                10:00 – 12:00

WHERE: Putnam County Training and Operations Building (Bureau of Emergency Services)


                112 Old Route 6

                Carmel, NY

The training is Free and open to all who wish to attend.  We will start promptly at 10:00.

Topics to be covered: background and history of giant hogweed and the state program, biology and identification, danger to humans, and control techniques.

This program may be of interest to land managers, landscape professionals, highway department crews, and emergency response personnel. Please forward this information to those who may be interested.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:00 to 12:00