Thirteen of our twenty-five Priority Conservation Areas (PCA's) were surveyed for prevention or watch list species during the 2017 field season. Thanks to our Early Detection Team Bryna Daykin and Alicia Wood. Surveillance included a close look at hundreds of Highly Probable Areas or (HPA's). Duly noted are two detections of Rusty Crayfish in Oneida and Delta Lakes. Partner observations included trap finds of Emerald Ash Borer in St. Lawrence County. Our Rapid Response/Control Team Mike Parks and Ed Miller successfully treated 16 PCA's for giant hogweed, swallowort, Phragmites and Japanese knotweed totaling some 123 acres of invasive species management. Nice work team!

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Don’t look now, but the sky is falling. Again. This time it’s poised ominously over our hemlock trees, whose verdant canopies shade many a North Country stream and glen. Although hemlocks make lush hedges for home landscapes, they’re best known as stately forest giants that form cathedral-like stands in the Adirondacks and elsewhere. It’s hard to believe these titans are being killed by a tiny insect less than a sixteenth of an inch long.

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 […] Read More