The mission of the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) is to protect native habitats, biodiversity, natural areas, and freshwater resources by using a collaborative and integrated approach to invasive species management with emphasis on: prevention, early detection, rapid response, education and outreach.
You can help prevent and manage invasive species, too! Join our protectors by taking the Pledge to Protect against invasive species. We’ll arm you with the information you need to protect our region, based on the outdoor environments you live, work and play in. Protectors receive monthly emails with simple steps to take, education on invasive species and badges to share on social media. Read More…
Our work is a collaborative effort among multiple partners. Our work is focused on priority initiatives identified by our partnership. These priorities guide our strategic planning and actions and are aligned with our mission to protect our lands and waters from the impacts of invasive species. Read More..
As the SLELO PRISM continues to implement successful and innovative projects, our team has expanded to meet the needs of our program. This increased capacity allows us to deliver more effective and targeted approaches to invasive species spread prevention, early detection, control and management. Learn more about the staff and how our roles tie together to deliver the most successful program possible. Read More..
Discovering populations of invasive species before they become too large to manage, known as Early Detection, gives a strategic advantage to prevention and management initiatives. You can aid early detection efforts in the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Region by joining our Invasive Species Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN), and by joining other volunteer opportunities we offer. Read More…
Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by visiting a watercraft inspection steward this summer!
Communities plant trees to enhance urban forest sustainability.
Volunteers are needed to assist a removal effort of a large water chestnut infestation on the Oswegatche River near the dam in the Village of Heuvelton.
Many invasive plants were once considered desirable ornamentals that were intentionally introduced to our gardens and landscapes only to escape into natural environments. Learn of native alternatives to common invasive garden plants.
The last two years have taught us a lot about the value of green spaces for communities. Parks and nature preserves have seen an increase in usage across the state since the start of the pandemic. Growing concerns about climate change and its impacts on our everyday lives is leading to recognition of the importance of trees as a tool for mitigating urban heat islands, managing storm water, storing carbon, and cleaning the air. That’s why the theme of this year’s ReLeaf Conference is “Trees Bring Us Together.”