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The New York Invasive Species Information Website - NYIS.INFO and its host, the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse, [jointly referred to as NYIS.INFO] were founded in October 2008. NYIS.INFO is funded with New York State Environmental Protection Fund resources through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. NYIS.INFO was established in response to Recommendation 5 of the November 2005 report of the New York State Invasive Species Task Force to the Governor and Legislature. The Task Force recommended that the State should integrate invasive species databases and information clearinghouses. This resulted in the creation of the Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is authorized and overseen by the New York State Invasive Species Council, which is co-chaired by the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets. For more information on who we are, please refer to our About page. More information on New York State's invasive species program can be found on our State and Federal Activities tab under NYS Invasive Species Policies.


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  • September 19, 2014. Lake Champlain Spiny Water Flea Spread Prevention more »
  • September 12, 2014. Carrie Brown-Lima Appointed Coordinator of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute more »
  • September 4, 2014. Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Aiding in Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species     more »
  • August 29, 2014. NYS DEC and NYS DAM Issue Final Regulations to Address Damage Caused by Invasive Species more »
  • June 26, 2014. The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Invades Western New York more »
  • June 5, 2014. New NYS Regulations Target Aquatic Invasive Species more »
  • May 7, 2014. NYS DEC's 2014 Giant Hogweed Control Program Underway more »


  • September 24 - Prospect Park Alliance native plant introduction tour more »
  • October 1 - Help Save New York Ash Tree!  Ash Seed Collection Workshop Series more »
  • October 1 - Partners Meeting more »
  • October 4 - October 14 - Catskill Lark in the Park more »
  • October 8 - 6th Annual Invasive Species Workshop, Call to Action: Community Engagement more »
  • November 18 - November 20 - 8th Annual Cornell Invasive Species Outreach In-Service more »

Species Highlight

Kudzu (Pueraria montana)

Kudzu, also known as foot-a-night vine, Japanese arrowroot, and the-vine-that-ate-the-South, was first introduced to North America in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Kudzu became popular as a shade plant on porches in the American South and was heavily promoted for erosion control and as a drought-tolerant food for livestock. Kudzu is now in 30 states from Oregon to Massachusetts, from Nebraska to Texas; the vine is most common in the South. Kudzu can quickly crowd out and out-compete natives species, and it can physically crush native plants (and some man-made structures, as well). And now Kudzu, the-vine-that-ate-the-South, is in New York.

Click here to learn more about Kudzu.

Welcome to NYIS.INFO, the website of the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse and the Cornell Cooperative Extention Invasive Species Education Program (CCE ISP). NYIS.INFO is your gateway to science-based information, breaking news, and innovative tools for coping with biological invaders in New York. NYIS.INFO links scientists, local, state and federal resource manages, policy setters, educators, and grassroots efforts to help you become part of the battle against invasive species in New York.

NYIS.INFO is home to the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse Aquatic Invasive Species Database. Click here to search the database."

NYIS.INFO hosts the listing of Non-Native Plant Species Invasiveness Assessments for New York. Please click here to access that list.

NYIS.INFO, the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Education Program are supported by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Current Video Section

This 3 minute video, produced by the University of Tennessee, takes a quick look at why this vine is such a problem.