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Invasive Species Council

The Invasive Species Council (Council) is a statutory body that was created in 2008 by Title 17, Section 9 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). The Council was created to coordinate among multiple State entities and partners in addressing the environmental and economic threats of invasive species. The legislation defines invasive species as "a species that is: (a) non-native to the ecosystem under consideration; and (b) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health."

The next Invasive Species Council meeting will be held on December 17, 2019. Agenda to be posted soon.

Council Membership

The Council is co-led by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) and consists of nine members: the Commissioners of the DEC; DAM; Transportation; Education; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Secretary of State, the Chairperson of the New York State Thruway Authority, the Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, and the Chairperson of the Adirondack Park Agency.

Role of the Council

  • The Council shall meet at least quarterly.
  • Regularly consult with the Advisory Committee.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for invasive species management.
  • Provide input on funding priorities.
  • Provide input on grant applications.
  • Organize and convene a biennial invasive species summit.
  • Encourage industries and trade organizations to develop and adopt voluntary codes of conduct.
  • Support and encourage Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management.
  • Report (by 1 January 2010) to the legislature and the governor to recommend lists of prohibited, regulated, unregulated species plus a procedure for the review of a unlisted non-native species.
  • Reimburse necessary and actual expenses of NYS Invasive Species Advisory Committee members.
  • Establish, operate and maintain state-wide locational database (GIS).
  • Establish, operate and maintain state-wide information clearinghouse.
  • Review and revise relevant state agency and public authority actions and policies.
  • Review and reform of relevant regulatory processes.

2018 meeting notes:

Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The next Invasive Species Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Decemeber 10, 2019. View the agenda here (PDF).

The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (Committee) is a statutory body created in 2008 by Title 17, Section 9 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to provide information, advice and guidance to the Invasive Species Council. Up to 25 members from stakeholder organizations described or specified in the law constitute the Committee. Among the efforts of this committee are:

  • assisting the Council in developing a four tier classification system for nonnative animal and plant species (PDF) called for in Title 17, Section 9 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
  • preparing a white paper advising the Invasive Species Council on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species by boats and trailers
  • assisting the Council in drafting a proposed legislative bill aimed at reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species by boats and trailers

Future efforts will likely include advising the Council on preventing the spread of invasive species through other pathways, identifying and assessing existing efforts and advising the Council on how to implement effective invasive species spread prevention measures.

2018 meeting notes:

New York State Invasive Species Management Strategy

The NYS Invasive Species Management Strategy (PDF) supports the need to implement the 12 recommendations developed by the Task Force in the report to the Governor and Legislature in 2005 and the use of the National Invasive Species Council's federal model for the development of an adaptive, statewide invasive species management plan.