Protecting Our Lands and Waters from Invasive Species

ELO_900 pxThe SLELO-PRISM region is a region rich with natural resources. Prominent geographical features found throughout the region have generated a vast diversity of habitat, landscapes, plant and animal life. Some of the more prominent natural features include; the Tug Hill Plateau, the Lake Ontario Shoreline and the St. Lawrence River. Other prominent natural features include numerous wildlife management areas and preserves, inland lakes, rivers, wetlands and fens. These resources support diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats including nesting and spawning areas for rare species of flora and fauna.

Regional forest lands add immensely to the quality of life for the people of the region as well as providing healthy and diverse habitat. These forested lands filter the air, safeguard private and public drinking water sources, produce locally grown forest products including lumber and maple syrup, provide essential habitat for wildlife, and moderate summer and winter temperatures near homes. Forests and trees are integral to the character of the SLELO region. They also provide a spectacular annual display of fall color across our landscape.

Freshwater resources are equally as abundant in the SLELO-PRISM area and include hundreds of miles of rivers and tributaries, inland lakes and reservoirs and the Lake Ontario Shoreline which includes numerous harbors and embayments. These aquatic environments are an important part of the SLELO landscape supporting diversity of aquatic flora and fauna.

Together the partners of the SLELO PRISM have prepared a robust work plan for this field season capturing 64 activities designed to prevent the spread and damage caused by invasive species. Our 2016 work plan serves to compliment previous work plans which ultimately will help us to achieve our goal of protecting our lands and waters from the threat of invasive species.

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