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Invasive Species Council and Advisory Committee

Invasive Species Council

The next Invasive Species Council meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Conservation in Public Assembly Room 129 at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY on January 18, 2023 from 9:30am - 1:30pm. View the meeting agenda (PDF).

The previous Invasive Species Council meeting was held on April 19, 2022 from 10am-12pm. View the meeting minutes(PDF).

About the 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."

Council Membership

The Council is co-led by DEC and Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and consists of nine members: the Commissioners of DEC, AGM, Transportation, Education, and 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.

Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The next Invasive Species Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, at 10:00 AM at John Boyd Thacher State Park Visitors Center. View the meeting agenda (PDF).

Meeting Minutes

Past meeting minutes:

About the Committee

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. Committee efforts include:

  • 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.