Each year, partners of the SLELO PRISM develop work plans that allow us to stay focused on our mission. Each work plan task is directly linked to one or more of the seven goals outlined within our Strategic Plan. This linkage is what keeps us focused and what brings the greatest value and impact to our work and mission.

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.

When it comes to invasive species, it is sometimes hard to understand the true cost and toll they take on the world around us. What could be bad about plants imported to reduce soil erosion, for example? Other times it is clear as day,

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 […] Read More

NYS has recently adopted laws that prohibit and regulate invasive species:

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

Over the next two summers the partners of the SLELO PRISM will undertake a project to assess the feasibility of using eDNA as an early detection tool for aquatic invasive species.

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 […] Read More

http://www.sleloinvasives.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/SLELO-SURVEY-REPORT.pdf […] Read More