Priority Setting Structure

There are hundreds of invasive species impacting New York’s natural areas, economy, and communities. Each of these species exhibits its own unique set and severity of impacts. These impacts are often influenced by multiple associated environmental stressors, such as climate change and deer overabundance, as well as by land use history, such as whether soils have been previously tilled for agriculture or not.

In the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) there are nearly 100 different invasive plants and animals that have been documented. Many of these species are well established and beyond the point of effective control. Others are just emerging as threats and localized infestations can still be eradicated. There is no amount of resources that could eliminate all known infestations from the landscape, and the nature of invasive species themselves often limits the ability to develop and implement effective control measures.

Therefore, invasive species managers must prioritize their efforts on prevention, early detection and rapid response to those species and/or infestations that pose the greatest threats, can be effectively managed,  and whose management will result in the highest conservation, economic, or societal returns given resource constraints. Learn how we set our management priorities by referring to our unified theory for invasive species management above and by visiting the links below: