Jan 18, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species now available

The long awaited Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Field Guide for Pennsylvania is now available on the new PA Sea Grant website.

The field guide, created by PA Sea Grant Coastal Outreach Specialist, Sara Grise, was designed to help identify new AIS infestations, and to help slow or stop their spread in Pennsylvania. It includes the following sections: tips on how to use the guide, how to prevent the spread of AIS, and how to properly collect and report specimens.

The more than 50 “species profiles” highlight important characteristics to distinguish AIS from other species. Profiles are separated by taxa and include: aquatic and facultative plants, invertebrates, fish, pathogens, algae, and reptiles/amphibians.

The field guide is available on the PA Sea Grant website where it can be downloaded for free. Due to the large file size, the field guide is available to download in nine sections.

Limited hard copies will soon be available for purchase or you can request a free high resolution printable PDF. Contact or call Sara Grise at 814-217-9020.

For more information:

Sara N. Grisé
Coastal Outreach Specialist
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 3
Erie, PA 16505
Office: 814.217.9020

Jan 15, 2013

St. Lawrence - Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM issues 2012 Annual Report

St. Lawrence - Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM issues 2012 Annual Report:

Restoring and protecting the ecological integrity of the eastern Lake Ontario Basin and Northern New York’s natural & cultural resources from the threat of invasive species.


The St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) PRISM’s Annual Report summarizes and highlights the various activities and accomplishments of the PRISM for calendar 2012. [Click here for a copy of the report 2.5 Mb] Topics addressed include:

  • Goal 1 – Prevention
  • Goal 2 – Early Detection & Rapid Response
  • Goal 3 – Control of Invasive Species
  • Goal 4 – Education & Outreach
  • Goal 5 – Cooperation
  • Goal 6 – Information Management
  • Goal 7 – Site Restoration / Strategic Measurables


Some highlights of these accomplishments include:

  1. Together SLELO partners helped to protect 150,000 acres of core forest on Tug Hill by establishing an Invasive Species Prevention Zone, I.S.P.Z.
  2. SLELO has significantly reduced the human health threats posed by Giant Hogweed by treating 141 sites.
  3. SLELO has helped to restore 50.02 acres of globally rare Alvar Communities on the eastern Lake Ontario coastline (both coastal and inland).
  4. SLELO has restored 19.52 acres of rare coastal fen habitat.
  5. SLELO worked towards restoring 3.6 acres of freshwater dune barrier system within the Eastern Lake Ontario Coastline.
  6. SLELO worked towards restoring over 230 acres of freshwater resources (rivers, estuaries and embayment’s) within the Great Lakes watershed.
  7. SLELO restored 5.8 acres of important habitats found in Wildlife Management Areas.
  8. Together, SLELO’s partners, through various initiatives, helped to prevent the spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species throughout our region.


The St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO) is one of eight partnerships in New York State, encompassing St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oneida, Lewis and Oswego counties outside of the Adirondack Park.

SLELO’s mission is to protect native habitats, biodiversity, natural areas, parks and refuges, freshwater resources, farmland and open space by using a collaborative and integrated approach to invasive species management. The emphasis of these activities are on prevention, early detection, rapid response and education.

Dec 19, 2012

NY Invasive Species Advisory Committee issues 2012 Annual Report

The New York State Invasive Species Advisory Committee (NYS ISAC) prepared a 2012 work plan that outlined objectives for the year. A primary focus was to re-engage the membership, work more closely with the Invasive Species Council (ISC), and identify opportunities for the ISAC to help advance invasive species initiatives in New York. On December 19, 2012, the NYS ISAC members released a brief report on its activities and accomplishments for 2012. Click here for a copy of the ISAC report.

Topics addressed include:

  • Form Education and Outreach Committee and identify statewide gaps in public invasive species education
  • Provide guidance to draft NYS invasive species legislation
  • Provide guidance to the NYS DEC Office of Invasive Species Coordination
  • Identify priority pathways to minimize invasive species spread and submit recommendations to the NYS Invasive Species Council (NYS ISC)
  • Respond to NYS ISC directives as needed/requested
  • Develop recommendations to be considered by the Council
  • Play a leadership role in developing a NYS invasive species list
  • Evaluate Voluntary Codes of Conduct for adoption by NYS ISAC member organizations