Jul 5, 2015

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 chuck.oneill@cornell.edu.


Chuck O'Neill
July 5, 2015