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Our partners will list meetings, updates, workshops, and other notices here as they arise. Your contributions to this list are most welcome. Please send your news & updates to Megan Pistolese,, include a date/location/description/contact for events, thank you. 

PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our PRISM partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will continue to meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information on upcoming meetings and locations, please contact Rob Williams, the PRISM Coordinator at

PRISM Invasive Species Webinars are held the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December). To join in on these webinars please contact Rob Williams   

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March 2019

Tree Workshop

March 20 @ 9:30 am - April 24 @ 2:00 pm

Workshop: Pruning Young Trees: Years 1-10 When:   Wednesday, March 20, 2019  from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Where:   St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Learning Center, 40 West Main St. Canton    ISA CEUs: Arborist: 3.5, Municipal Specialist: 3.5, BCMA Science: 0.75, BCMA Practice: 2.75,     TW Climber Specialist: 3.5. TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 3.5 SAF Credits Pending  The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Call CCE-St. Lawrence County at (315) 379-9192 Presenters:  Steven Sherwood, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forester Paul Hetzler, Horticulture & Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension-St. Lawrence County Agenda:      9:30: Registration 10:00 to 10:45: Tree Wound Response & Compartmentalization& Invasive tree pests 10:45 to 11:15: Trees and Threes—Pruning Commandments; Tools of the Trade 11:15 to 12:00: Why We Prune, & Reality vs. the Literature 12:00 to 12:30: Lunch—Please bring yours. (That’s why it’s free) 12:30 to 2:00: Demo & Hands-on Pruning (Dress for the weather)   Workshop Flier

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2019 Tug Hill Commission Local Government Conference

March 28 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us for this opportunity to interact with associates and other local government officials from across the state as we work together to find solutions to problems and issues that challenge our communities.  Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY continues to be a wonderful host for our conference.  Over 30 vendors will be showcased in the gym where you will register in the morning, have lunch at noon and a reception at 4 p.m. TWO EASY WAYS TO REGISTER 1. Online: Go to to pay electronically until March 19th. 2. Mail: Complete and print the registration form to pay with a check or voucher. The form is a fillable pdf, which can be typed in, printed, and mailed to the office with payment.  Alternatively, the blank form can be printed and filled in by hand, and then mailed with payment to: NYS Tug Hill Commission, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 Detailed session descriptions are available here. Please call our office at (315)785-2380 (toll-free in the region at 888-785-2380) with questions about the event, or if you have a problem registering. $50 Registration postmarked by March 8th $100 Registration postmarked March 9th through March 15th $150 Registration postmarked March 16th until day of event Day of conference registration, only form of payment accepted will be checks. No cash please. No refunds will be issued after March 8th.  No registrations by phone, fax, or email. Overview of the Day 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  ~  Registration & Breakfast w/ Exhibitors 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  ~  Welcoming Remarks & Keynote Speaker 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.  ~  1st Concurrent Session 10:45 a.m. – Noon ~ 2nd Concurrent Session Noon – 1:00 p.m.  ~ ~ ~  Lunch 1:15 p.m.  –  2:30 p.m.  ~  2nd Concurrent Session 2:45 p.m.  –  4:00 p.m.  ~  3rd Concurrent Session 4:00 p.m.  ~ ~ ~  Reception

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Emerging Forest Pests: Identification, Prevention & Management

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Emerging Forest Pests: Identification, Prevention & Management When: Friday, 29 March 2019 from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM (Registration starts at 8:15 AM) Where: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Education Center, Classroom A, 40 W. Main St., Canton NY Cost: $15.00 Includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration required; please call (315) 379-9192. For information, email   ISA CEU Credits: Arborist—5; Municipal—5; BCMS Science—2.5; BCMA Practice—2.5      NYLT CEU Credit: 1 NYSDEC Pesticide Credits and SAF Credits Requested   Agenda 8:15 Registration 9:00-9:45 Spotted Lanternfly: An invasive planthopper which poses a real threat to hardwoods, notably maples. As of January 2019, scores of SLF adults have been confirmed in 8 NYS counties. Learn to ID all life stages, egg masses, host species, and IPM options. 9:45-10:30 Asian Earthworms: 3 species in 2 genera known. They deplete forest soils, inhibit regeneration, increase erosion, & disrupt native plant communities. First NNY finds (2 sites) near Potsdam, NY in 2018. Learn signs, symptoms, sample methods, & ways to slow the spread. 10:30-10:45 Break 10:45-11:45 Oak Wilt: Kelsey McLaughlin of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will present on oak wilt; its history, spread, case studies, successes, and potential mitigation measures. 11:45-12:15 Lunch: Provided. 12:15-1:15 Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Charlotte Malmborg of the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources will present on the history of  HWA, its biology, spread, and options for monitoring and control, as well as updates on biocontrol rearing and deployment at Cornell’s Whitmore Lab. 1:15-3:30 Scouting: Offsite, 10 minutes away. Please dress for the weather! 3:30 Questions, Discussion, NYSDEC Pesticide Certificates, Wrap-up Presenters: Charlotte Malmborg, NYS Hemlock Initiative, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources Kelsey McLaughlin, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Lands & Forest Paul Hetzler, Horticulture & Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension – St. Lawrence Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.  

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April 2019

Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative Spring Research Symposium

April 11 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The A2A Collaborative facilitates a network of partner organizations working to connect lands and people across the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario to the Adirondacks region in New York, through an Algonquin 2 Adirondack (A2A) corridor, to enhance a critical link for biodiversity and resilience in eastern North America. Overarching Symposium theme: What do we really know about the A2A corridor, and what do we need to better understand to effectively protect and conserve it? Objective: To present and discuss a range of perspectives and research relevant to the A2A region as an international ecological corridor to arrive at a better understanding of the state of knowledge surrounding the A2A, and future research needs. This will include: Exploring a full range of perspectives in the A2A region including ecological, geological, social/anthropological, and First Nations knowledge. Presentations on recent ecological connectivity and climate change science and how it relates to the A2A region. Presentations on past, current and proposed A2A research, and conservation projects. A final session that explores future research/project needs (what are the top 10 future needs?). Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. Cocktail reception with appetizers and a cash bar will follow. Please RSVP by Friday, April 5. Register Here Overnight Accommodations A2A has reserved a block of rooms at the Harbor Hotel for April 10 starting at the discounted rate of $119 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (315) 686-1100.  

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June 2019

iMapInvasives Training

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pledge to Protect Your Favorite Wild and Urban Spaces Explore, Observe, Report You can help stop the spread of invasive species. Join SLELO PRISM on Thursday, June 6th from 1 pm-4 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County, 7395 East Road, Lowville, NY 13367 Learn how to recognize invasive species that threaten our region and how to report your observations using an online/mobile platform called   Registration required please contact Melissa Spence;, 315-376-5270 EVENT FLIER    

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Invasive Species & iMapInvasives Workshop

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) and Save The River for an Invasive Species workshop on Saturday, June 22nd, from 9am-2pm. Meet at the TILT office for a presentation on TILT’s work in invasive species management by TILT’s Stewardship Director Brandon Hollis, and an iMapInvasives training led by Patricia Shulenburg, Save The River Program Manager. iMapInvasives is an application that citizen scientists and professionals use in the field to manage invasive species, and the training will cover invasive species impacts, identification, and mapping. Then, participants will take a field trip to one of TILT’s conservation properties to learn how to identify and map invasive species in the field. While in the field, individuals will have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on demonstration, showing the proper way to cut and remove invasive plants like pale swallow-wort and purple loosestrife. Register in advance by emailing, calling 315-686-5345, or signing up below. Please provide your first and last name along with an email so that we can complete your iMapInvasives registration. Plan to download the iMap mobile app on your phone or tablet a week in advance. To register CLICK HERE.

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July 2019

Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW)

July 7 @ 12:00 am - July 14 @ 12:00 am

  New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week July 7-14 2019 New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is an annual statewide campaign sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. ISAW is aimed to educate and inform people about the threat of invasive species, to enhance stewardship and encourage communities to take action. This year ISAW is being observed the week of July 7-14 2019   The SLELO PRISM is encouraging you to host an invasive species related event during this observed time to help protect the environment from invasive species.  If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting an ISAW event, contact the SLELO PRISM Education/Outreach Coordinator, Megan Pistolese 315- 387 -3600 x7724. If you plan to host an event, please email the below information to so it can be promoted on the statewide ISAW calendar: Event Title Event Description, RSVP if requested, who to contact for more information Event Date and Start Time/End Time Event Location, Address, including Town/City and Zip Code Digital copies of event fliers/outreach material

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September 2019

North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference (NAISMA)

September 30 @ 12:00 am - October 3 @ 12:00 am

  The 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference will be held from September 30th through October 3rd in Saratoga Springs. It will be a joint conference with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute out of Cornell University, an internationally renowned center of academic research and outreach. The conference program will seek to bridge the geographic divide between West to East and North to South, connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America. Presentations, workshops, tours, and special symposia will highlight successful initiatives that bridge the gap between geographic, political, and public-private boundaries. Saratoga Springs is at the doorstep of the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Albany International Airport is 30 minutes south of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga is a 3-hour drive or less from most major northeast metropolitan areas including the Boston area, Connecticut, New York City, Northern New Jersey and central New York. A complimentary shuttle service will be arranged for peak attendee arrivals and departures.

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