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 have implemented five individual tasks to include:

1. The development of a community preparedness survey now being distributed by DEC Region 6 and the Tug Hill Commission. This survey helps us to better understand community needs.

2.The establishment and monitoring of an Invasive Species Prevention Zone (I.S.P.Z.)  on the Tug Hill Core Forest.

3. We assist with site preparation for the Tug Hill Resiliency Project that will ultimately plant 45,000 native tree seedlings and make the forested areas more resilient to climate change.

4. We have established a Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN) for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer.

5. Created a forest pest trap and monitoring effort with 60 traps in place and 50 volunteers monitoring the traps.

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