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Invasive Species Awareness Week

Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is an annual educational campaign coordinated by the Invasive Species Council, the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the eight PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management), and their partner organizations. Initiated in 2014, the week-long campaign features numerous statewide events focused on invasive species, ranging from invasive species removal projects, guided hikes and paddling events, presentations by subject matter experts, informational webinars, citizen science trainings, film screenings, and more.

ISAW 2019

ISAW participants hold a banner
Participants of a water chestnut pull in the St. Lawrence
Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM. Photo Credit: Megan

Mark your calendars: the sixth annual ISAW campaign will be held July 7-13, 2019! Visit the ISAW homepage for up to date information. Interested in helping host or attending an event? Contact your local PRISM coordinator.

ISAW 2018

The fifth annual ISAW campaign was held July 8-14, 2018 and was the most successful campaign yet! Over 170 events were held across the state ranging from invasive species pulls, guided hikes, iMap trainings, and much more! Thank you to all those who organized or attended an event. For a summary of the 2018 campaign, check out the presentation (PDF, 1.8 MB) or watch the recorded webinar here (leaves DEC website).

Learn how YOU can help prevent the spread of invasive species!

Invasive species affect all New Yorkers. No matter who you are or what types of activities you engage in, you can take some simple measures to prevent the spread of invasive species across our lands and waterways.

If you are an angler or boater:

  • Be sure to clean all plant material and mud from your watercraft and gear before leaving the boat launch and dispose of them in an aquatic invasive species disposal station if one is available.
  • Drain all water holding compartments, including the livewell, bilge, and bait buckets before traveling to a new body of water.
  • Never dump unused bait!

If you are an aquarium owner or water gardener:

Inspecting a hemlock for hemlock woolly adelgid
Inspecting a hemlock for hemlock woolly adelgid
in the Capital Mohawk PRISM. Photo Credit:
Kristopher Williams

If you are a gardener or landscaper:

  • Verify that the plants you are purchasing for your garden or property are not invasive - regulated invasive plants must be tagged!
  • Educate friends and neighbors about the importance of gardening/landscaping with native plants.

If you are a hiker, hunter or camper:

  • Don't move firewood, and be aware of firewood regulations in your area. Moving firewood can contribute to the spread of forest pests.
  • Clean your boots and clothing at the trailhead before heading home. Seeds from invasive trailside plants often stick to clothing and get stuck in boot treads.

Getting involved with an ISAW event or your local PRISM is another way to educate yourself about the impacts of invasive species, and learn how you can control them if they occur on your land or in the places that you recreate.

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