NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse

Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program

Reports

 

♦   Invasive Species Awareness Study - Phase III Final Report - Detailed Follow-up Survey Results - June 2015

♦   Invasive Species Awareness Study - Phase II Report - Follow-up Survey Results - May 2015

♦   Invasive Species Awareness Study - Phase I Report - Screening Study Results

♦   Invasive Species Awareness Study - Web/Mail Survey Preliminary Results PowerPoint

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♦   Listing of Potential Invasive Species Funding Sources - 2015

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►  Invasive Species Awareness Study - Phase III Report - Detailed Follow-up Survey Results - June 2015

Invasive species educators and outreach coordinators, managers, and planners need a sound understanding of the level of awareness, knowledge, and concern about invasive species among the general public and the behaviors engaged in by specific stakeholder groups. This information can help guide the development of prevention and management programs as well as efforts to encourage people to behave in such a way as to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. A study of the awareness and understanding of invasive species among average New Yorkers was commissioned by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program with NY Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funding through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by the Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) in the Department of Natural Resources of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Before this study, this information was never gathered on a statewide basis and can serve as a baseline against which future management and outreach efforts can be measured. This study is being undertaken in three phases. Phase I was an initial screening survey conducted by telephone in the fall of 2014 to identify those New Yorkers with some level of awareness of invasive species. Phase II was a more in-depth follow-up survey by web/mail. Phase III 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. Topics addressed were:

  • Concern about invasive species.
  • Knowledge about invasive species.
  • Behaviors that contribute to or limit the spread of invasive species.
  • Willingness to change behavior to reduce the spread of invasive species.
  • Types of messages or arguments most likely to encourage them to change their behaviors to limit the spread of invasive species.

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►    NY Invasive Species Public Awareness Study, Phase II - Follow-up Survey Results, May 2015 - Understanding the level of awareness, knowledge, and concern about invasive species among the general public and the behaviors engaged in by specific stakeholder groups can guide educators and outreach coordinators as they develop programs to encourage people to behave in such a way as to prevent the spread of invasive species. This type of information has never been gathered on a statewide basis and can serve as a baseline against which future outreach efforts can be measured. This study is being undertaken in three phases. Phase I was an initial screening survey conducted by telephone in the fall of 2014 to identify those New Yorkers with some level of awareness of invasive species. Phase II was a more in-depth follow-up survey by web/mail. Phase III will consist of  detailed telephone interviews with those who had some level of awareness. This study of the awareness and understanding of invasive species among average New Yorkers was commissioned by the CCE ISP with NY Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funding through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The study is being undertaken by the Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) in the Department of Natural Resources of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This Phase II report details the results of the follow-up survey, which was conducted by email and mail in the winter of 2015. The results presented in this report reflect the perspectives and behaviors of New York State residents who are aware of what invasive species are (74% of residents). Survey respondents were also somewhat more knowledgeable about invasive species than nonrespondents. As a set, they were relatively highly educated and had a relatively high annual income.Respondents were concerned about invasive species in New York State (and environmental issues in general) and more than two-thirds considered themselves at least somewhat knowledgeable about invasive species. Regional differences in perspectives and behaviors were apparent with residents of New York City-Long Island less likely to be concerned and knowledgeable about invasive species according to a variety of measures.

The full Phase II report can be accessed by clicking on the title of the study (above).

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►   NY Invasive Species Public Awareness Study, Phase I - Screening Study Results - This study is being undertaken in three phases. Phase I was an initial screening survey conducted by telephone in the fall of 2014 to identify those New Yorkers with some level of awareness of invasive species, and Phases II will be a more in-depth follow-up survey by web/mail and Phase III will consist of  detailed telephone interviews with those who had some level of awareness. This study of the awareness and understanding of invasive species among average New Yorkers was commissioned by the CCE ISP with NY Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funding through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The study is being undertaken by the Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) in the Department of Natural Resources of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

While it has long been known that the general public, and also specific resource user groups, can help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, information on how much the public knows and understands about invasive species, and how willing they are to help be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, has never been collected on a statewide basis in NY.

Understanding the level of awareness, knowledge, and concern about invasive species among the general public and the behaviors engaged in by specific stakeholder groups can help guide educators and outreach coordinators as they develop programs to encourage people to behave in such a way as to prevent the spread of invasive species. The CCE ISP hopes that this study will serve as a baseline against which future outreach efforts can be measured.

The report can also be found, along with other environmental resource and invasive species reports, on the HRDU website.

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►   Invasive Species Awareness Study - Web/Mail Survey Preliminary Results PowerPoint

This PowerPoint presents some of the preliminary data (as of 25 March 2015) of the Invasive Species Public Awareness Study web and mail survey (Phase II). More complete data analysis is expected to be completed by late-April or early-May 2015. [4 Mb download]

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   Listing of Potential Invasive Species Funding Sources - 2015

Private funding sources known to have funded environmental issues and which may be open to funding invasive species topics are presented with their granting geographic range, grant amounts, how to make first contact, e-mail and USPS mail addresses, contacts information, and explanatory notes. Also in the listing are sources of outreach and education grants and implementation grants.