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Nuisance & Invasive Species

Nuisance Species

Visit the Nuisance Wildlife Species page to identify how you can prevent and control problems with wildlife.

Invasive Species

What is an invasive species?

Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions.

Why are invasive species a threat?

Invasive species threaten nearly every aspect of our world and are one of the greatest threats to New York's biodiversity. They cause or contribute to:

  • Habitat degradation and loss
  • The loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species
  • The loss of recreational opportunities and income
  • Crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock

Rapid Response for Invasive Species: Framework for Response

DEC Policy Available for Download

This program policy is intended to serve as an aid to resource managers who are responsible for responding to newly discovered invasive species infestations. Early detection of new invasions is critical to any rapid response. The process that we have selected ensures that managers give attention to all of the necessary components of an effective response: coordination, communication, public outreach, planning, science, information management, laws and regulations, resources and logistics. Our experiences with snakehead fish, chronic wasting disease, hydrilla, oak wilt, Asian long horned beetle, and emerald ash borer in New York State have been used to help develop and refine this framework.

Rapid Response for Invasive Species: Framework for Response (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control Grant Program

The Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control Grant Program shows DEC's commitment to implementing the agency's program policy entitled Rapid Response for Invasive Species: Framework for Response. The goal of this policy is to promote timely decision-making and communication in the event of a new invasive species infestation. This policy ensures that managers give adequate attention to all of the necessary components of an effective response including: coordination, communication, public outreach, planning, scientific analysis, information management, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, resources, and logistics.

In 2017, DEC awarded approximately $1.7 million dollars to 35 municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Visit the grants page for a full project list.

Species-Specific Information

Use the links below to find information on specific invasive species and learn what DEC is doing to combat them or refer to the Invasive Species Regulations page for a full list of prohibited and regulated species pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 575.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Plants

Aquatic Animals

Terrestrial Invasive Species

Terrestrial Plants

Terrestrial Animals

Diseases