Current Projects

Restoring The Salmon River

Restoring The Salmon River

After completing a feasibility study, partners of the SLELO PRISM endorsed an initiative to restore portions of the Salmon River by 1) Suppressing Japanese Knotweed populations, 2) Restoring treated sites by planting native seed and plants and 3) implementing a robust educational & outreach component. After four years of effort the project has been deemed a success. Read More about “Restoring The Salmon River”

Underwater Video Reveals Native Fish

Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA

In the Eastern Lake Ontario Region the SLELO PRISM partners in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University are implementing a project to assess the feasibility of using environmental DNA or eDNA as an early detection tool for aquatic invasive species. Over 400 water samples will be collected from four strategic locations along Eastern Lake Ontario and analyzed using highly specialized processes known as qPCR for the presence of genetic material release by both invasive and native aquatic animals Read More about “Environmental DNA”

People Livlihoods and Invasive Speciesrotecting our Lands and Waters

Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention

Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention

2016 marks the first season of an intense effort to reduce the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Through a $100k grant from the NYS DEC Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants Program (NYS Environmental Protection Fund) four AIS stewardship specialists were strategically placed at high use/high priority boat launches along Eastern Lake Ontario and the data collected tells a real story. Read More about “Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention”

Water Chestnut Biological Control

Building our Capacity for Early Detection

Detecting and responding to an invasive species while it is in low abundance is often the key first step in effectively managing and possibly eradicating a newly-arriving invasive species. With the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region being over 7,387 square miles of land and water surface, it is unfeasible to conduct a full survey of the entire area and therefor makes sense to focus investigative efforts on Priority Conservation Areas or PCA’s while at the same time expanding this capacity to other natural areas through Volunteer Surveillance Networks. Read More about “Building our Capacity for Early Detection”

SLELO News & Events

2017 Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium

The St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region is host to a variety of unique and globally rare habitats. Terrestrial and aquatic invasive species pose a genuine threat to the ecological health of these natural areas and to the people who benefit from them. On Wednesday, June 7th partners of the SLELO PRISM invite you to attend a one-day event that will reflect expert knowledge on invasive species, their impacts, prevention, and management. Continuing education credits for several professional licenses will also be available.

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Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Don’t look now, but the sky is falling. Again. This time it’s poised ominously over our hemlock trees, whose verdant canopies shade many a North Country stream and glen. Although hemlocks make lush hedges for home landscapes, they’re best known as stately forest giants that form cathedral-like stands in the Adirondacks and elsewhere. It’s hard to believe these titans are being killed by a tiny insect less than a sixteenth of an inch long.

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