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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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News

  • April 24, 2015. Job Opportunity - Assistant Horticultural Inspector - NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets more »
  • March 9, 2015. The NYS DEC Forest Health & Protection Program 2014 Giant Hogweed Annual Report is now available more »
  • February 24, 2015.   Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program 2014 Summary Now Available more »
  • February 24, 2015.   Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program 2014 Annual Report Now Available more »
  • February 24, 2015.   Western NY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management 2014 Annual Report Now Available more »
  • February 23, 2015. NY Invasive Species Public Awareness Phase I Study Now Available more »
  • February 3, 2015. New York Invasive Species Poster Available more »

Events

  • May 1 - April 13 - Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Leaders Workshop more »
  • May 4 - April 13 - Invasive Species Program Evaluation Training more »
  • 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..

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.

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Seneca Nation of Indians takes historic step of instituting "plant native only" program at all public spaces on Seneca Tribal lands.