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Dec 18, 2013

NYSDEC: Partnerships Now Span the State to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Every area of New York State now has a partnership working to combat invasive species at the local and regional level, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens announced on December 16th.  New York State recently finalized contracts establishing the final of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), achieving an important statewide milestone. Each PRISM is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and has a full time coordinator.

In announcing the milestone, Martens stressed that the State’s partnering with non-profits, universities and consultants, New York has established one of the nation's most comprehensive approaches to invasive species management. The State’s overall invasive species program incorporates a regional, coordinated approach that benefits from research, statewide education and outreach, online resources and a robust, statewide invasive species database."

To find out more about the statewide PRISM program and locate a PRISM near you, check out the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse PRISM center.

To read Commissioner Marten’s full press release click here.





Dec 4, 2013

NYS DEC seeks comments on proposed invasive species regulations

NY's proposed invasive species regulations with lists of species proposed for prohibition and regulation are out for public comment. There will be no DEC press release on these regulations; thus, the Department is relying on the State's eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) and the network of stakeholders on the NY Invasive Species Advisory Committee and beyond to spread the word.

Hearings will be held in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Stony Brook between December 11th and December 17th. Information on the hearings and all documents related to the proposed regulation are on DEC's website and are in links from this page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html

Express terms (i.e. regulation language) is here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/93848.html

The listing process dates back to 2009/10. A presentation with questions and answers was given by Dave Adams at the November monthly PRISM meeting. This is a good primer and is available here: https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=68060797&rKey=bdafc3c706157f33

For more information, contact:

Leslie Surprenant
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Invasive Species Coordination
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY  12233-4756
518-402-8980
ljsurpre@gw.dec.state.ny.us

or

Dave Adams
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Invasive Species Coordination
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY  12233-4756
518-402-8980
djadams@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 





Nov 13, 2013

Mile-a-Minute vine detected in Sullivan County

Mile-a-Minute vine was detected in Cochecton, Sullivan County . This is the first known instance of this priority early detection species in the Catskills region. Residents of the area are being asked to be particularly careful when moving plants and soil around and to keep your eyes open for this invasive species (even in winter, old vegetation can still be visible). CRISP (the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership) is organizing an action plan for this species and occurrence. 

Click for photos of mile-a-minute vine:

Click for a map of the Cochecton sighting

Please contact mmarquand@catskillcenter.org if you see it.