This article was featured in the 2023 summer newsletter by Megan Pistolese-Shaw-SLELO PRISM.
Volunteers along with seasonal staff from our partners with NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation helped to remove sparse populations of target invasive species at some of our Priority Conservation Areas this summer. Below are the sites we’ve visited this year and the estimated number of target species removed. Thanks to all our volunteers and partners for your support!
- South Colwell Pond Lakeveiw WMA (300 Yellow Iris)
- El Dorado Preserve (363 Swallow-wort, 80 Yellow Iris)
- Black Pond WMA (487 Yellow Iris)
Pictured above are volunteers assisting invasive species removal efforts in 2023. All photos can be credited to SLELO PRISM & TNC.
Volunteer Experience Showcase
When I volunteered with SLELO PRISM, I loaded up my kayak and set out for a water chestnut pull held on the Oswegatchie River in Heuvelton, NY this July. I received a friendly and very helpful welcome from the SLELO PRISM staff and their many volunteers.
It was a perfect day for a leisurely paddle down the placid river. My fellow paddlers were respectful of the earth and grounded in her, which made them all easy companions- and most interesting companions too. This was definitely a highlight of my summer! I am hoping to do another paddle with them soon and would recommend volunteering with SLELO to anyone!
~ Laurie Gilbert, new SLELO volunteer