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.