In our highly urbanized world, our yards often provide vital habitats for pollinators and native wildlife. Our yards also may be a pathway in which invasive plants may escape into our natural environments. You can support pollinators and wildlife and protect natural areas by choosing to grow native plants in your yard.

This webinar discusses the power of native plants, alternatives to exotic and invasive plants, some invasive species to keep an eye out for. Nature-based community science opportunities that you can participate in right from your own backyard will also be shared.


Megan Pistolese- SLELO PRISM

Sue Gwise- CCE Jefferson 

Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive forest pest that is killing hemlock trees.  Hemlocks are a foundation species that benefit people and nature. Loss of hemlock trees will significantly impact our forests.

This webinar provides an overview of the importance of hemlock trees, how to recognize and report signs of infestation, and how you can help by taking a hike.


Megan Pistolese- SLELO PRISM

Wylie Huffman- IRLC


Hemlocks are a foundation species, meaning they often create the habitat in which they exist in. Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive forest pest that is killing hemlock trees in New York state and along the Eastcoast. 

This webinar provides an overview of hemlock wolly adelgid, and hemlock tree ecology. A live demo of the iMap Invasives mobile app is also provided along with an overview of how volunteers can help protect hemlock trees. 


Megan Pistolese- SLELO E/O Coordiantor 

Caroline Marschner- NY Hemlock Initiative 

Frank Williams- Conservation Volunteer

The work that goes into managing invasive species often focuses on the treatment or removal of invasive plants and animals. But our work goes beyond the total number of acres treated or pounds of invasive plants removed; our work aims to protect the lands and waters in which we all depend on. 

This webinar showcases the unique landscapes and ecological communities that make the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario or SLELO region so special and the work that SLELO PRISM and our partners do to protect our lands and waters from the impacts of invasive species.


Rob Williams- SLELO PRISM Manager

Steve Young- Chief Botanist NYNHP

Urban forests provide immense beauty for our cities and many benefits for people and nature. Invasive tree pests and climate change threaten the health of our urban forests. This webinar focuses on a step by step approach that municipal leaders can take to make their urban forests more sustainable in the wake of invasive pests and climate change. An overview of the SLELO PRISM Urban Forest Sustainability Initiative and available resources are provided.


Robert Smith- SLELO PRISM

Megan Pistolese- SLELO PRISM

More coming soon…

Prevent the introduction of invasive species into the SLELO PRISM.

Rapidly detect new and recent invaders and eliminate all individuals within a specific area.

Share resources, including funding personnel, equipment, information, and expertise.

Collect, utilize, and share information regarding surveys, infestations, control methods, monitoring, and research.

Control invasive species infestations by using best management practices, methods and techniques to include: ERADICATION (which is to eliminate all individuals and the seed bank from an area), CONTAINMENT (which is reducing the spread of established infestations from entering an uninfested area) and SUPPRESSION which is to reduce the density but not necessarily the total infested area.

Develop and implement effective restoration methods for areas that have been degraded by invasive species and where suppression or control has taken place.

Increase public awareness and understanding of invasive species.

Develop and implement innovative technologies that help us to better understand, visualize, alleviate or manage invasive species and their impacts or that serve to strengthen ecosystem function and/or processes.

Rob Williams
PRISM Coordinator

Megan Pistolese
Outreach and Education

Brittney Rogers
Aquatic Invasive Species

Robert Smith
Terrestrial Invasive Species