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Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation partners with resource managers, non-governmental organizations, industry, resource users, citizens and other state agencies and stakeholders to combat invasive species. Eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) (leaves DEC website) exist across NYS. The NYS Invasive Species Task Force recommended building and funding such partnerships to prevent or minimize the harm caused by invasive species on New York's environment in its 2005 report to the governor and legislature. New York State, authorized under Title 17, Environmental Conservation Law 9-1705(5)(g), has formed and funded PRISMs in their efforts to address invasive species.

PRISMs coordinate invasive species management functions including coordinating partner efforts, recruiting and training citizen volunteers, identifying and delivering education and outreach, establishing early detection and monitoring networks and implementing direct eradication and control efforts. As of 2013, the Department of Environmental Conservation has contracted for administration of all eight PRISMs across the State. PRISM Fact Sheet (PDF, 130 KB)

PRISMs deliver:

  • Planning regional invasive species management
  • Developing early detection and rapid response capacity
  • Implementing eradication projects
  • Educating - in cooperation with DEC contracted Education and Outreach providers
  • Coordinating PRISM partners
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Support for research through citizen science

Find your local PRISM (links leave DEC website):

PRISM leaders and invasive species coordination staff at a meeting at the Pine Bush Preserve in Albany
PRISM leaders, Invasive Species Coordination Unit,
iMap Invasives, and Invasive Species Research Institute
staff prepare to tour black locust removal sites following
a meeting at the Pine Bush Preserve in Albany.

More about Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM):

  • PRISM Map - An enlarged map of New York's counties with the boundaries of the eight Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) highlighted.