Teaming Up To Stop The Spread Of Invasive Species

The mission of the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) is to protect native habitats, biodiversity, natural areas, and freshwater resources by using a collaborative and integrated approach to invasive species management with emphasis on: prevention, early detection, rapid response, education and outreach.

Current Projects

Ecological Restoration/Healthy Lands

Ecological Restoration / Healthy Lands

SLELO Partners have been implementing strategies that serve to maintain the integrity and resilience of our lands by restoring areas disturbed by invasive species, or treatment thereof. Once a response effort has been completed, it is sometimes necessary to restore disturbed areas to their natural ecological character and function. Restoration efforts may incorporate natural succession or intentional restoration measures using species native to the particular ecosystem in question to help restore resilience and guard against re-infestations. Read more about our efforts. Read More about “Ecological Restoration / Healthy Lands”

Healthy Forests and Community Preparedness

Healthy Forests and Community Preparedness

SLELO PRISM Partners have been implementing 5 key strategies that serve to protect our forests, parks and community street trees and help communities prepare for the onset of forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer. Working together our partners continue to implement key tasks designed to help communities be prepared for potential impacts as the result of forest pests. Key tasks also help to create healthy, resilient forested areas and tree lined streets. Read More about “Healthy Forests and Community Preparedness”

Healthy Freshwater Resources

Healthy Freshwater Resources

SLELO Partners have been implementing strategies that serve to protect our regions freshwater resources. From small scale (ponds) to large scale (Lake Ontario) systems, our partners continue to protect our regions freshwater resources from the ecological imbalance posed by aquatic invasive species (AIS). Check out some of our highlights inside this story. Read More about “Healthy Freshwater Resources”

Releasing Biological Controls

Don’t Dump Bait

Don’t Dump Bait

That is the message that SLELO Partners will be promoting this summer in the Delta Lake and Oneida Lake areas. Last summer adult rusty crayfish were confirmed in Oneida Lake. It is believed that they have been in Oneida Lake for some time. Another discovery occurred in the Delta Lake Reservoir where only juvenile crayfish were found. It is believed that rusty crayfish are spread from one waterbody to another from improper bait disposal. Read More about “Don’t Dump Bait”

Innovative Early Detection

Innovative Early Detection

In the Eastern Lake Ontario Region the SLELO PRISM partners in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation have implemented a project to assess the feasibility of using environmental DNA or eDNA as an early detection tool for aquatic invasive species. A newly published Citizen Science Reference Guide is now available on this website under the Resources/Download menu option. Read More about “Innovative Early Detection”

SLELO News & Events

    2019 Request for Proposals

    The SLELO PRISM would like to entertain proposals for invasive species related projects to be implemented in 2019. The intent of this effort is to identify possible projects that will supplement the great work that is already being done by our partners and seasonal staff.

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    Healthy Lands and Waters

    Healthy lands and waters require invasive species prevention and management. If we protect our forests from invasive pests, this translates into healthy, resilient forests which further serves to protect healthy waters. Therefore, if we protect the Tug Hill forests, we also protect the Tug Hill aquifer and hydraulically connected waterways which makes the entire system more resilient and healthier. If we reduce the impact that aquatic invasive species have on Lake Ontario embayment’s, then we are protecting, fisheries, recreation, and the general ecological balance of our waterways— making the entire system more resilient and healthier.

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