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May 25, 2015

Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Outreach Program Nears End

Invasive species (harmful alien plants, animals, insects, and pathogens that are causing  economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Hundreds of millions of dollars damage and even human deaths have already happened in NY.

The Cornell University Cooperative Extension Statewide Invasive Species Outreach Program (CCE ISP) was founded in 2009 with funding from the NY Environmental Protection Fund through a contract with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Program's Mission is to provide all New York stakeholders affected or potentially affected by (or influencing) invasive species with high quality science-based educational programs and cutting edge research-based information regarding invasive species of major concern to the State of New York. These programs assist stakeholders in preventing and detecting the introduction of new invasive species (or the further spread of existing species), managing or controlling existing populations of invasive species, and controlling or eradicating new and existing invasive species populations.

 

Unfortunately, things change and the Program's funding has not been renewed by the State of New York. The last official day of the CCE ISP as a statewide program will end at 11:59 p.m., June 30, 2015, and as the funding goes, so too goes the Program's staff. Cornell Cooperative Extension, through its statewide network of County Cooperative Extension Associations will carry on the effort to the best of their ability as local funding allows, continuing to assist stakeholders and audiences through science-based education programs and materials.

It has been the Program's staff's pleasure to serve the citizens of New York for the past six years in our joint battle against invasive species.

For more information, contact: Chuck O'Neill, Program Coordinator   chuck.oneill@cornell.edu

 





May 25, 2015

NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse Nears End of Eight Year Run

The New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse project - NYIS.INFO (www.nyis.info) was founded in 2008 using NY Environmental Protection Fund funds through a contract with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. That state funding runs out on June 30th 2015 and is not being renewed by the State. The fate of New York’s preeminent source of science-based invasive species information for everyone from school children to park managers, from outdoor recreators to environmentalists, from farmers to flower gardeners, now hangs on the hope of raising private funding.

NY Invasive Species Info is the major gateway for New Yorkers to access timely, scientifically accurate information on invasive species that are currently ravaging the state’s natural resources, farm crops, and built environments such as parks and home landscaping. NYIS.INFO helps New Yorkers make informed decisions about preventing, eradicating, controlling and managing invasive species of particular interest to NYS and to educate our youth on how to work toward an invasive species-free future.

While the website, NYIS.INFO will remain on-line for another 12 months, loss of staff may affect the timeliness of any new site content.

The project has launched a crowdfunding effort at http://www.gofundme.com/invasives to raise funds to keep at least a minimal staffing level to keep the site current and to add new content to the site.

36 days and counting!! Please help us keep the lights on and keep this vital invasive species resource up-to-date and filled with information that New Yorker's need. Take a moment to go to http://www.gofundme.com/invasives to contribute to this important effort. What does your donation get you other than the satisfaction of having your name on our donor list?

Every $300 donated pays for writing a new invasive species profile and turning it into a print-on-demand publication. Come on folks...let's all 'adopt' a nasty critter!!
 
Every $400 donated keeps the site staffed for a month, News and Events calendars up-to-date, and new invasive species educational content added.
 
Invasive species (harmful alien plants, animals, insects, and pathogens that are causing  economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Hundreds of millions of dollars damage and even human deaths have already happened in NY.
 
It has been the distinct pleasure of the Clearinghouse and website staff to have served New Yorkers for the past eight years in the State's battle against this silent biological invasion. If you have any questions, please contact Chuck O'Neill, project coordinator:  chuck.oneill@cornell.edu
 

 





May 14, 2015

New York Invasive Species Poster Available

The NY invasive species poster, developed by the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse is still available at no charge (for either the poster or for shipping). The 24 inch by 36 inch full color poster (see below) presents a general introduction to the topic of invasive species in New York as well as showing a number of species of interest in the state.

The poster is available at no charge. Lots of ten or more will be shipped to agencies and organizations free of charge. Single or multiple copies less than ten to individuals are free but a shipping charge will be applied dependent upon the number of posters ordered.

To order posters, please send an e-mail to:  chuck.oneill@cornell.edu  with the word POSTER in the subject line. Be certain to give the name (and brief description) of your organization, shipping address, number of posters needed, and to whom they should be addressed. A telephone number would be appreciated.