• Problem Species

    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.

  • Conservation

    Drones: A New Conservation Tool

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) – or drones as they are commonly called – are a promising new tool for conservation professionals. The technology is readily available and innovative applications ranging from acquiring real-time aerial imagery to detecting flora and fauna are being developed by conservation organizations around the world. In Central and Western New York the Nature Conservancy is testing the efficiency of drones to monitor remote conservation lands, invasive species and wetland restoration outcomes. The new drone – a micro UAS at just 2.75 pounds – is equipped with an ultra-high definition camera and safety features including automatic return to home functionality. Staff have been busy testing the drone’s…

  • State Funding

    SLELO PRISM Awarded New Five-Year Contract

    The SLELO PRISM has been awarded a new five-year contract by New York State. This service contract will allow our partnership to continue to implement our five year Strategic Plan to prevent and manage invasive species. Our partners wish to extend our gratitude to New York State, the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the NYS Invasive Species Council, The Nature Conservancy as host organization as well as the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

  • About Invasives

    10 ways to help stop the spread of invasive species

    1. Volunteer monitoring: adopt a body of water or landscape and help protect it from invasive species! SLELO is currently forming volunteer monitoring networks throughout the region; we provide training and forms to record observations of invasive species! A. Learn how to identify Invasive species in your area. B. Take a trip to your favorite body of water and look for species of interest. C. Let us know if you find an infestation and/or log it on iMapInvasives.org D. If possible- remove the species and properly dispose of it to prevent spread. 2. Clean or brush off boots and gear after hiking to remove trapped seeds and plants. 3. When…

  • About SLELO,  Projects,  Results and Accomplishments

    Salmon River Restoration Results

    In 2013, 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. This three year commitment was completed in 2015 with the following results: Project Success: Based on the original project goal which was to suppress knotweed populations and given an estimated 35% regrowth of knotweed after three consecutive treatments at some locations, it is reasonable to conclude that we achieved a 65% suppression rate. Site restoration ranges from moderate to good. Two monitored sites…

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