Contact: Lori Severino
Monday, December 16, 2013 (518) 402-8000
NYSDEC: PARTNERSHIPS NOW SPAN THE STATE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES
State Continues to Seek Comments on Invasive Species Regulations through December 23
Every area of the state now has a partnership working to combat invasive species at the local and regional level, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens announced today. New York State recently finalized a contract establishing the final of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) in Western New York, achieving the important statewide milestone. Each PRISM is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and has a full time coordinator.
"Invasive species can have a devastating effect, not only on the environment, but also on the economy," Commissioner Martens said."By partnering with non-profits, universities and consultants, New York is establishing one of the nation's most comprehensive approaches to invasive species management. A regional, coordinated approach that benefits from research, statewide education and outreach, online resources and a robust database are critical to New York's success in managing invasive species."
New York's PRISMs are regional private-public partnerships that have diverse memberships, including local and state governments, conservation and trade organizations, academia, landowner associations and interested citizens. The partnerships are focused on shared goals including education and outreach, developing and coordinating volunteer invasive species monitoring programs, and controlling select invasive species in priority locations.
"The vision for the State of New York's invasive species program is becoming a reality. The State's sustained commitment to advancing its invasive species program enabled the development of one of the most comprehensive frameworks in the country," said Hilary Smith, Chair of the New York Invasive Species Advisory Committee and Director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program PRISM. "Involving governmental and non-governmental organizations in shared decision-making is essential for success and has inspired innovative and effective approaches now underway."
DEC recently published proposed invasive species regulations including lists of species proposed for prohibition or regulation that are open for public comment through December 23 and four hearings are underway statewide. More information on the proposed regulations can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html. In addition, DEC is drafting an updated aquatic invasive species plan that includes recommended actions and a time table for implementation.