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2023 Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium (registration closed)

June 22, 2023

Symposium Agenda

Symposium Resources

Symposium Speaker & Exhibitor Showcase

On June 22nd will host our Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium. Registration is required for this FREE in-person single-day event to be held at the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY located at 52 Pulaski St, Altmar, NY 13302. During the Symposium you will hear from our regional and state-wide partners and learn of invasive species management projects that align with our theme of, Enhancing Biodiversity and Resilience Through Invasive Species Management, Restoration, and Innovation. Reach out to Megan.Pistolese@tnc.org for questions.

The entrance to the symposium is located on the far right back corner of the building, see the highlighted path in the photo below for the entrance location.


The following continuing education credits have been applied for and awarded credits will be provided as they are received: 

  • Society of American Foresters
    • Category 1: 5 credits
  • DEC Pesticide Applicators
    • Category: Core (000) awarded .5 credits
    • Category: Demonstration (10) awarded 1.50 credits
    • Category: Forest (2) awarded 1.50 credits
    • Category: Ornamental and Turf (3a) awarded 1.50 credits
    • Category: Regulatory (9) awarded 1.50 credits
  • New York State Arborists
  • Master Naturalist

Symposium Agenda ( speaker showcase, symposium resources, and continuing education credit information will be available soon)

8:20- 8:45 AM: Registration/Refreshments

8:50-9:00 AM: Opening Remarks


9:00-9:20 AM: Resilient and Connected Lands & Waters- Rob Williams, SLELO PRISM

9:22-9:42 AM: Resilient Urban Forests- Robert Smith, SLELO PRISM

9:44-10:04 AM: Climate Smart Forests- Chris Zimmerman, TNC

10:06-10:26 AM: Promoting Native Resilience Against Climate Change- Eva Colberg, NYISRI/Cornell University

10:28-10:48 AM: Riparian Corridor Restoration- Brittney Rogers, SLELO PRISM

10:50-11:10 AM: Role of Native Plants in Shoreline Restoration-Roy Widrig-NYSG

11:12-11:32 AM: Adirondack Native Vegetation Re-establishment Project-Zack Simek-APIPP


11:34-11:50 AM: Afternoon Announcements- Gabriel Yerdon/Megan Pistolese-Shaw

11:50 AM-12:50 PM: Lunch & engagement with exhibits and demonstrations (Lunch provided by The Nature Conservancy)

12:55-1:30 PM: 3-Minute Lightning Round Presentations


1:32-1:52 PM: Approaches to Protect Hemlock Forests-Caroline Marschner NYSHI

1:54-2:14 PM: 5-Year Typha Management Assessment in Oswego Peatland-Eric Hellquist- SUNY Oswego University

2:16-2:36 PM: Leveraging Data to Enhance Invasive Species Management-Fate Syewoangnuan-NYNHP/iMapInvasives

2:38-2:58 PM: Preparing for and Managing Spotted Lanternfly- Brian Eshenaur- Cornell NYS IPM

3:00-3:20 PM: Invasive Species Management at the State Level-Thom Allgaier- NYS AGM

3:22-3:52 PM: Pesticide Use Requirements & Certification– Donald Nelson, NYS DEC Bureau of Pesticides Management

3:55-4:00 PM: Closing Remarks

To get group-rate lodging at the Tailwater Lodge, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit www.tailwaterlodge.com
  2. Click Book Now (upper right corner)
  3. Edit Arrival/Departure dates (valid June 21-23, 2023)
  4. Number of rooms/guests
  5. Click the Special Rates button
  6. Group Code: SLELO
  7. Click Update
  8. The Group Rate of $101 per night will appear for reservations.  Guests must reserve the room with a credit card.  A card will be authorized upon arrival for the full amount, plus incidentals, and will not get charged until the day of departure.  All rooms must be booked by MAY 21, 2023 to receive the discounted rate.

Guests can also call the hotel direct at (315) 298-3434 and give the agent the Group Code (SLELO).

Guest check-in is 3:00 pm and guest check-out is 11:00 am.

Hotel Amenities: Restaurant and lounge, indoor pool, large outdoor hot tub, full-service spa, various indoor and outdoor games, hiking trail, and fitness center!  Enjoy

To book Spa Appointments: https://go.booker.com/location/Tailwater/service-menu

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your reservation, it must be done 48 hours prior to the day of arrival.  No-shows or cancellations will be charged a one-night room and tax.




June 22, 2023

Contact megan.pistolese@tnc.org to list your events on our events page and on Facebook.  

SLELO PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between  Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting at 10 am.

If you want to receive partner meeting announcements please email rwilliams@tnc.org .

Save the Date for 2023 Partner Meetings:

Thursday, October 12th

Keewaydin State Park – Marina Pavilion, 10 am-12 pm 45165 State Route 12, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

The PRISM Network hosts a monthly Speaker Series on the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December).

View the Webinar Schedule & Access Recordings

iMapInvasives holds training webinars after the PRISM  Speaker Series from 1 pm-2 pm. Visit the iMap website for details and to register. 

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