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