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New York Invasive Species Information

NEW YORK INVASIVE SPECIES INFORMATION (NYIS.INFO).. is your gateway to science-based information, breaking news and events, and innovative tools for coping with biological invaders in New York. NYIS.INFO links scientists, local, state and federal resource managers, policy setters, educators, and grassroots efforts to help you become part of the battle against invasive species in New York. NYIS.INFO is also home to the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse Invasive Species Database of published aquatic invasive species research.

NY Invasive Species Info grew out of the original New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse on July 1, 2015 when the Clearinghouse's New York State funding came to an end. The original Clearinghouse was founded in October 2008 with New York Environmental Protection Fund resources through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in response to a recommendation of the November 2005 report of the New York State Invasive Species Task Force. For more information on who we are, please refer to our About page. More information on New York State's and the U.S. Federal invasive species programs can be found on our NYS Response, PRISMs & Partners, and Federal Response tabs.

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News

  • July 15, 2015. NY Invasive Species Public Awareness Phase III Study Now Available more »
  • June 23, 2015. State of Invasive Species Outreach and Education, 2013-2014 Report Available more »
  • May 14, 2015. New York Invasive Species Poster Available more »

Events

  • November 3 - November 5 - SAVE THE DATE!!  9th Annual Invasive Species Outreach In-service more »


Program Highlight

Seneca's promote native vegetation

Historically, the predominant native landscape of Western New York was originally deciduous hardwood forests made up of oaks, red and sugar maples, elms, tulip trees and dogwoods. The forest floor was comprised of a myriad of native shrubs and indigenous wildflowers and grasses that formed the backbone of Seneca life in the forest. Within this natural world the Seneca were supplied with all that was needed to sustain life by providing shelter and abundant food from plants and animals.

In March of 2014, the Seneca Nation's Tribal Council unanimously approved a policy ensuring that new landscape plantings in public spaces on Seneca lands will be exclusively comprised of local indigenous species. This new policy will have far-reaching effects for all Seneca Nation members. The use of indigenous species is not a new concept for the Nation. To demonstrate this commitment, around the Cattaraugus Territory's William Seneca Administration Building, all non-Native species have been removed, 446 Native trees and shrubs have been planted, and a minimum of 25 different indigenous trees and shrubs have been reintroduced to the environment.

Click here to learn more about the Seneca Nation's native species policy.