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.