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Our partners will list meetings, updates, workshops, and other notices here as they arise. Your contributions to this list are most welcome. Please send your news & updates to Megan Pistolese,, include a date/location/description/contact for events, thank you. 

PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our PRISM partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will continue to meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information on upcoming meetings and locations, please contact Rob Williams, the PRISM Coordinator at

PRISM Invasive Species Webinars are held the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December). To join in on these webinars please contact Rob Williams   

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June 2019

Invasive Species Mapping Challenge Webinar

June 26, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - December 18, 2068 @ 1:15 pm

Take the Invasive Species Mapping Challenge! EVENT FLIER   Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 26 from 12:15 to 1:15 PM to learn about jumping worms, tree-of-heaven, and water chestnut—three invasive species that are under-reported in New York State. Learn how to identify these invaders and how to enter your findings into the iMapInvasives database. Use your knowledge to participate in a statewide competition from June 26 to July 17. Compete for cool prizes and bragging rights! Register here: Can’t make it to the webinar on June 26? No worries! It will be recorded and posted on YouTube. We hope you partake in the challenge! For questions or comments, please feel free to email

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September 2019

Variable Leaf Water Milfoil Draw-down Removal

September 11 - October 15
Raquette River Colton,

Attention Higley Flow/ Racquette River Community Members If you live along the Raquette River or play there you can help! Variable-leaf water-milfoil is spreading in the Raquette River/Higley Flow in Colton, NY. From September 11th through September 15th, Community members will gather during a water drawdown om the Raquette River to manually remove the plant. It's a fun way to engage with the community and enhance the stewardship of this beautiful river-plus its an excuse to play in the mud! Variable-leaf water-milfoil is an invasive aquatic plant that can quickly take over a waterbody causing negative impacts on wildlife and recreation. The plant has been noted in the River in these locations: Cottage Road, Sugarbush Lane and a large patch near McEwen Point.  Volunteers will also be looking at areas around what community members refer to as the “old beach”.Clearing your own beach and any other areas near you is encouraged. Organizers have mesh bags and boogie boards that they will gladly deliver to help your removal efforts. To get involved, or if you think you have variable leaf water-milfoil please contact (315) 265-2255, or email

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North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference (NAISMA)

September 30 @ 12:00 am - October 3 @ 12:00 am

  The 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference will be held from September 30th through October 3rd in Saratoga Springs. It will be a joint conference with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute out of Cornell University, an internationally renowned center of academic research and outreach. The conference program will seek to bridge the geographic divide between West to East and North to South, connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America. Presentations, workshops, tours, and special symposia will highlight successful initiatives that bridge the gap between geographic, political, and public-private boundaries. Saratoga Springs is at the doorstep of the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Albany International Airport is 30 minutes south of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga is a 3-hour drive or less from most major northeast metropolitan areas including the Boston area, Connecticut, New York City, Northern New Jersey and central New York. A complimentary shuttle service will be arranged for peak attendee arrivals and departures.

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