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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

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Administer Catskill Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

This RFP is for administration of the Catskills Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), also known as Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) which is one of eight PRISMs across New York State. The geographic area within the PRISM boundaries includes all of Otsego, Schoharie, and Delaware Counties, Sullivan and Ulster Counties west of State Route 209 and follows the boundary of the Catskill Park north of Kingston in Ulster County and in Greene County. This RFP is expected to result in the awarding of a five year contract to the best qualified proposer for administration of the Catskill PRISM for the term January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021. The RFP release date is May 2, 2016. The proposal due date is June 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM. The Department reserves the right to disqualify proposals that are incomplete or non-responsive to the purpose of this RFP.

To receive a copy of the RFP documents, please email isinfo@dec.ny.gov. Please include organization name, contact person and address.