Invasive Species Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN)

Discovering populations of invasive species before they become too large to manage, known as Early Detection (ED), gives a strategic advantage to prevention and management initiatives. ED greatly reduces the negative impacts that invasive species can cause to the environment, economy and/or human health.

The SLELO PRISM is promoting an Invasive Species  Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN). Currently, we are focusing on surveillance of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) in areas along the St. Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario; hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) in areas within the southern portion of Tug Hill; and fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana) in Fish Creek which connects Kasoag Lake to Oneida Lake.

You can help us strengthen our early detection efforts by joining the SLELO PRISM Invasive Species  Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN). CLICK HERE to join!

To learn more contact the SLELO PRISM Education/Outreach Coordinator, Megan Pistolese at 315 387-3600 x 7724;

Already a member of the VSN? Record your hours surveying for invasive species CLICK HERE