Teaming Up To Stop The Spread Of Invasive Species

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.

Current Projects

Ecological Restoration/Healthy Lands

Ecological Restoration / Healthy Lands

SLELO Partners have been implementing strategies that serve to maintain the integrity and resilience of our lands by restoring areas disturbed by invasive species, or treatment thereof. Once a response effort has been completed, it is sometimes necessary to restore disturbed areas to their natural ecological character and function. Restoration efforts may incorporate natural succession or intentional restoration measures using species native to the particular ecosystem in question to help restore resilience and guard against re-infestations. Read more about our efforts. Read More about “Ecological Restoration / Healthy Lands”

Healthy Forests and Community Preparedness

Healthy Freshwater Resources

Releasing Biological Controls

Conservation Efforts Video

Innovative Early Detection

Innovative Early Detection

In the Eastern Lake Ontario Region the SLELO PRISM partners in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation have implemented a project to assess the feasibility of using environmental DNA or eDNA as an early detection tool for aquatic invasive species. A newly published Citizen Science Reference Guide is now available on this website under the Resources/Download menu option. Read More about “Innovative Early Detection”

SLELO News & Events


    Expert knowledge will focus on an overarching theme of Enhancing the Health and Resiliency of Natural Systems.

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    Healthy Lands and Waters

    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.

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