New York State’s Invasive Species Program At-a-Glance:
- The invasive species line item of New York’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is the lifeline supporting the infrastructure of the statewide invasive species program, first described in the 2005 NYS Invasive Species Task Force Report, and outlined below. Many of the components are administered as contracts through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Nine state agencies, co-chaired by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
- Twenty-five representative stakeholders including environmental, academic, industry groups
NYSDEC Invasive Species Coordination Unit
- Coordinating staff at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation housed within the Division of Lands and Forests
- PRISMs, comprising diverse stakeholder groups, were created to address threats posed by invasive species across New York State. PRISMs are key to New York’s integrated approach to invasive species management. Partners include federal and state agencies, resource managers, non-governmental organizations, industry, recreationists, and interested citizens. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides financial support, via the Environmental Protection Fund, to host organizations that coordinate each of the eight PRISMs, resulting in statewide coverage.
- Web-based invasive species distribution and mapping database that stores and displays statewide invasive species occurrence, treatment, and assessment information for agencies and citizens alike.
- Web-based gateway to access timely and accurate invasive species information as well as a calendar of events detailing upcoming invasive species events/news of interest
- Virtual institute that serves the scientific research community, natural resource/land managers, and state agencies by promoting information-sharing and by developing recommendations for research, priority setting, management and monitoring to improve the scientific basis of invasive species prevention and management
- New York State’s invasive species program also leads special projects as needed, and as resources and capacity allow, such as offering an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Grant Program; preparing a NYS Invasive Species Management Strategy and Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan; coordinating and streamlining regulatory processes; implementing regulatory and encouraging non-regulatory approaches to prevention; supporting invasive species research, and, responding to new species introductions to the state, among other initiatives.