NY Invasive Species Public Awareness Phase III Study Now Available
Phase III of the CCE ISP study New York Residents’ Awareness of InvasiveSpecies consists of detailed telephone interviews with three categories of respondents who self-reported levels of awareness. The specific objectives of Phase III of the study were to characterize the experiences and perspectives related to invasive species of three key stakeholder groups: farmers, aquarium owners, and water gardeners. Each of these groups has the potential to influence the spread of invasive species in New York State. This part of the study can be accessed by clicking here: Public Awareness Study Phase III.
The three-phase study can be found in its entirety at the Resources Page.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Statewide Invasive Species Outreach Program (CCE ISP) and NYS Invasive Species Clearinghouse Close Doors After Seven-Year Run
The close of an era in the New York State battle against invasive species took place at 0:01 a.m. on July 1, 2015 when the state contract between Cornell University and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation funding both the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Statewide Invasive Species Outreach Program (CCE ISP) and what had been the NYS Invasive Species Clearinghouse (now fondly known as NYIS.INFO) came to an end. The CCE ISP was started in July 2009 to form the backbone of science-based outreach education support to the state’s eight PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management), the statewide network of Cornell Cooperative Extension County Associations, and the general public. The Clearinghouse was founded in October 2008 to be a gateway for New Yorkers to access timely, accurate scientific and policy information to assist them in making informed decisions about preventing, eradicating, controlling and managing invasive species in New York State and to focus attention on the need for invasive species prevention, eradication and management in New York.
It has been the Program's staff's pleasure to serve the citizens of New York for the past almost seven years in our joint battle against invasive species.
The role of providing invasive species outreach education will now be filled by the various County CCE Associations and the PRISMs. Much of the staff of the CCE ISP remains as Extension Educators:
- Sharon Bachmann, Community Agriculture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
- Emily Staychock, Invasive Species/Watershed Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County
- Marilyn Wyman, Issue Leader, Natural Resources & the Environment, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties
NYIS.INFO will live on, at least until the end of June 2016, as “New York Invasive Species Information,” under the wing (fin?) of New York Sea Grant. Its mission remains as a gateway for New Yorkers to access timely, accurate scientific and policy information to assist them in making informed decisions about preventing, eradicating, controlling and managing invasive species in New York State and to focus attention on the need for invasive species prevention, eradication and management in New York. NYIS.INFO also provides information on upcoming invasive species events and invasive species news of interest to New Yorkers and hosts the events calendar and blog for the statewide Invasive Species Awareness Week, nyis.info/blog/. For more information on New York Invasive Species Info, contact Chuck O'Neill, Webmaster (volunteer) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck O'Neill July 5, 2015
Invasive Species Awareness Week Events
Invasive Species Awareness Week Events
Please join WNY PRISM and our Partners in celebrating NYS ISAW. Here are a few events happening in our region. For more information on these events, please head to our Events Calendar (link below)
Community First Detector Invasive Pest Detection Workshop, Fredonia
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Presented by the National Plant Diagnostic Network, WNY PRISM, and CCE, this all day seminar focuses on early detection and sampling protocols for invasive plant pests and pathogens. Fee $30.00.
Native Plantings and Habitat Restoration Tour, Buffalo
Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tour native plantings and habitat restoration sites including Riverbend, Oxbow wetland, Tifft Nature Preserve, Seneca Bluffs, and additional sites. No fee, but registration is required. Space is limited
WNY Land Conservancy Kenneglenn Workday, East Aurora
Friday, July 17 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The WNY Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help with invasive species removal at their nature preserve. Please bring boots and gloves.