Protecting Our Lands and Waters from Invasive Species

The SLELO-PRISM region is a region rich with natural resources. Prominent geographical features found throughout the region have generated a vast diversity of habitat, landscapes, plant and animal life. Some of the more prominent natural features include; the Tug Hill Plateau, the Lake Ontario Shoreline and the St. Lawrence River. Other prominent natural features include numerous wildlife management areas and preserves, inland lakes, rivers, wetlands and fens. These resources support diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats including nesting and spawning areas for rare species of flora and fauna.

Regional forest lands add immensely to the quality of life for the people of the region as well as providing healthy and diverse habitat. These forested lands filter the air, safeguard private and public drinking water sources, produce locally grown forest products including lumber and maple syrup, provide essential habitat for wildlife, and moderate summer and winter temperatures near homes. Forests and trees are integral to the character of the SLELO region. They also provide a spectacular annual display of fall color across our landscape.

Freshwater resources are equally as abundant in the SLELO-PRISM area and include hundreds of miles of rivers and tributaries, inland lakes and reservoirs and the Lake Ontario Shoreline which includes numerous harbors and embayments. These aquatic environments are an important part of the SLELO landscape supporting diversity of aquatic flora and fauna.

Together the partners of the SLELO PRISM have prepared a robust work plan for this field season capturing 64 activities designed to prevent the spread and damage caused by invasive species. Our 2016 work plan serves to compliment previous work plans which ultimately will help us to achieve our goal of protecting our lands and waters from the threat of invasive species.


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