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Environmental Systems In-service
conference through CCE, which
brought together faculty, educators
and industry professionals from
various agricultural fields to discuss
the latest developments in research
and practice. She attended a session
on using dogs to identify invasive

weeds and insects, presented by
Working Dogs for Conservation,
a Montana-based group that was
training staff at the NY NJ Trail
Conference-PRISM.
After the session, SnoverClift spoke with Linda Rohleder,
the director of the NY NJ Trail

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Dogs have highly sensitive noses,
a trait environmental conservationists,
land managers and plant disease
specialists are harnessing to sniff out
invasive species.
A group at the NY NJ Trial
Conference, which hosts the Lower
Hudson Partnership for Regional
Invasive Species Management
(PRISM), a partner with Cornell
Cooperative Extension (CCE), started
training dogs in 2018 to recognize
scotch broom, an invasive shrub, and
spotted lantern flies, invasive pests
that feed on grapes, apples and other
plant species.
In March, Karen Snover-Clift,
director of the Cornell University Plant
Disease Diagnostic Clinic (CUPDDC),
helped conservation dog handlers
teach the dogs to recognize and
seek out oak wilt, a devastating oak
disease that has appeared in a few
areas in New York state.
By all measures, the dogs
previously proved how effective they
were at locating an invasive plant and
insect. Dog handlers Joshua Beese,
from the Trail Conference and Aimee
Hurt, a mentor from Working Dogs
for Conservation, had also trained the
dogs to sniff out oak wilt.
"When we talk about protecting
our forests and keeping out these
invasive plant pathogens, our primary
goal is to find them as quickly as
possible because that increases
our chances of having a successful
eradication," Snover-Clift said. "So I
think that introducing the dogs to this
program would allow us to do that
more quickly and more successfully."
In November 2018, Snover-Clift
attended an Agriculture, Food &

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Summer 2020

Overstory
Forests and Families
Forest Interactions
Forestry Amid a Pandemic
National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
White Oak in the Buckeye State
Tools and Resources
Amazon Makes Major Investment in Family Forests
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Overstory
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forestry Amid a Pandemic
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - White Oak in the Buckeye State
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