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

SLELO PRISM Strategies

Releasing Biological Controls

The first release of an approved biological control for swallow-wort has occurred in the SLELO PRISM Region. Hypena opulenta, a moth native to the Ukraine, that feeds exclusively on swallow-wort was released at two locations along the Eastern Lake Ontario shoreline where swallow-wort is most prevalent. Extensive testing and approvals were required, but thanks to a small moth, help is on the way! Read More about “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”

Environmental DNA

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”

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”

Protecting Our Forests

Protecting Our Forests

Volunteers and partners of the SLELO PRISM learn to protect our forests and neighborhoods from forest pests by adopting-a-trap. Community preparedness and protecting our forests begins with an understanding of the threats posed by invasive pests and pathogens that impact healthy trees. Tracking the spread of such pests helps us to be more prepared for their arrival. Read More about “Protecting Our Forests”

Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention

Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention

Over 1,657 watercraft have been inspected to date along Eastern Lake Ontario thereby preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species to and from such places as: Florida, Texas, Ohio and Alaska. 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”

SLELO News & Events

    Robust Work Plan for 2018

    Each year, partners of the SLELO PRISM develop work plans that allow us to stay focused on our mission. Each work plan task is directly linked to one or more of the seven goals outlined within our Strategic Plan. This linkage is what keeps us focused and what brings the greatest value and impact to our work and mission.

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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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