‘Invasive’ Plants Cut Down In Upstate New York, 2 Charged
Two people were allegedly caught red-handed cutting down an "invasive plant" in Upstate New York that's considered "endangered" in some parts.
Recently, the DEC began investigating after noticing the harvest of a large number of cattails in Wayne County, New York.
Endangered Plants Taken In Wayne County, New York
Forest Ranger Raffaldi spent a long time patrolling the Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Huron after spotting a large amout cattails being harvested.
"For centuries, the leaves of cattails have been harvested and utilized for wooden barrel caulking and can be sold for monetary gain," the DEC states.
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Cattails are an "invasive species," according to the Western New York Prism.
"If done with a permit, this is a legal activity. However, Ranger Raffaldi determined the 63-year-old from Sodus and the 32-year-old from Lyons did not have the required permits," the DEC states.
The unnamed pair were issued tickets for illegal cattail harvest.
Cattail is "endangered" in Minnesota, according to Pioneer Press.
Cat-tail Sedge is "endangered in New York, the New York Natural Heritage Program reports.