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New York state residents interested in preventing the spread of invasive species can take action.

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Through Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), concerned residents collaborate with state agencies, resource managers, non-governmental organizations, industry, and resource users. Partnerships covering eight geographic areas are located across New York state.

Core PRISM functions are to:
  • Plan regional invasive species management
  • Develop early detection and rapid response capacity
  • Implement eradication projects
  • Educate — in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Conservation Coordinate PRISM partners
  • Recruit and train volunteers
  • Support research through citizenscience


PRISM Map APIPP Western New York SLELO finger Lakes Capital Mohawk CRSP Lower Hudson Long Island
Adirondack Park Invasive Program (APIPP)
Hilary Oles
Adirondack Nature Conservancy
PO Box 65
Keene Valley, NY 12943

Capital - Mohawk
(Capital PRISM)
Troy Weldy
TNC Eastern NY Chapter
195 New Karner Rd Suite 201
Albany, NY 12205-4605

Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP)
Ben Murdock
Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
P.O. Box 504 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406
bmurdock@catskillcenter. org

Finger Lakes
Gregg Sargis
TNC C/WNY Chapter
1048 University Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607

Long Island
Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)
Kathy Schwager
TNC Long Island Chapter
250 Lawrence Hill Road
Cold Spring Harbor,
NY 11724
631-367-3225 ext. 125

Lower Hudson
(Hudson PRISM)
Ed McGowan
Palisades Interstate Park Commission Administration Building
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
(845)786-2701 ext 299
David Strayer Cary
Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Box R
Route 44A
Millbrook, NY 12545- 0178

St. Lawrence and Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO)

Sue Gwise
Jefferson County Cornell Coop. Ext.
203 North Hamilton St
Watertown, NY 13601

Western New York
(Western PRISM)
Paul Fuhrmann
Ecology and Environment Buffalo Corporate Ctr.
368 Pleasant View Dr.
Lancaster, NY 14086

To join the listserv to any one of the above PRISMs, send an e-mail to cce-XXXX-l- with “join” [no quotes] in the message body. Replace XXXX with name listed in parenthesis for each above PRISM, but do not include any spaces in the PRISM name (e.g. for Lower Hudson send an e-mail to


Simple Steps to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Invasive species are primarily introduced and moved from place to place by human activities. The good news is that we can do something to stop their spread.

Here are a few simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive species:

Ladd Johnson, NOAA/Great Lakes
Environmental Research
  • Landscape and garden with non-invasive plants. Ask your local nursery staff for help.

  • Inspect and clean your boat and gear thoroughly before moving between different bodies of water.

  • Clean mud and seeds from your boots, bikes, or all-terrain vehicles after each use.

  • Use firewood local to the area you are visiting to avoid introducing dangerous forest pests and diseases.

  • Never release aquarium fish and plants, live bait, or pets into the wild.

  • Volunteer locally to help remove invasive species. Educate others.