Priority Setting

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 which are often influenced by associated stressors. In the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) alone nearly 100 different invasive plants and animals have been documented. Many of these species have been long established and are 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 or funding that could eliminate all known invasive species infestations from the landscape and the nature of invasive species themselves often limits the ability to develop and implement effective control measures. Therefore, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and other 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, have the ability to be effectively managed,  and whose management will result in the highest conservation returns. Learn how APIPP sets its priorities by visiting the following links: