After four years of working to promote the research of starry stonewort, spread awareness, distribute resources, and bring like-minded people together, we regrettably announce that the Starry Stonewort Collaborative is coming to the end of its grant funding and will be wrapping up in September.
There are many people to thank outside of the Finger Lakes Institute that made the Collaborative a success. These include our Expert Panel and Collaborators from all across the Great Lakes basin representing researchers, resource managers and government agencies. These folks helped guide the Collaborative and are conducting much of the ongoing research that helps us all learn how to control (and someday eradicate) starry stonewort.
Many thanks as well to the ever growing “community” of citizen scientists! Through your rake tosses, we’ve collected important data and plotted a number of starry stonewort locations that were previously unrecorded. Your efforts have also continued to raise awareness for the need to control this invader, so keep up the good work with rake tosses and reporting every season!
Finally, thank you to the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for providing the funding that made this all possible.
As we move through this summer, we will continue with our planned activities and will make the following resources available for as long as possible after September:
The Starry Stonewort Collaborative Website (www.starrystonewort.org)
The Finger Lakes PRISM Website (www.fingerlakesinvasives.org)
A folder with numerous starry stonewort documents (tinyurl.com/SSWdocuments)
The Starry Stonewort Collaborative YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBY5u3A_pG6YI0uVqO8p0g/featured)
Thank you for all your support and involvement – this was truly a collaborative program!
-The Starry Stonewort Collaborative
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