NYS Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC)

The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) is a statutory body created in 2008 by Title 17, Section 9 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to provide information, advice and guidance to the Invasive Species Council, including but not limited to providing assistance with the development of the four-tier classification system for nonnative animal and plant species. Up to 25 members from stakeholder organizations described or specified in the law constitute the Committee. Members specifically listed in the legislation include:

  • New York Biodiversity Research Institute [New York State Museum] **
  • New York State’s Land Grant University [Cornell University] **
  • New York Sea Grant **
  • A statewide organization formed to address invasive species
  • A statewide land conservation organization
  • A statewide agricultural organization
  • A nursery business
  • A boating organization
  • Darrin Freshwater Institute [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute] **
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • New York Natural Heritage Program **
  • New York State Forestry School [SUNY ESF] **
  • A lake association
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection **
  • A statewide local government organization
  • ** Indicates permanent positions by statute; other members are on a rotating basis


Annual Report 2013

 

Click here for a copy of the 2013 ISAC report. Some of the topics addressed in the report include:

  • Identified statewide education and outreach gaps and submitted recommendations for priority needs
  • Assisted implementation of the Invasive Species Prevention Act
  • Identified priority pathways to minimize invasive species spread and submitted recommended action steps to the Invasive Species Council
  • Responded to Invasive Species Council directives
  • Developed recommendations to be considered by Invasive Species Council
  • Provided guidance to Invasive Species Coordination Unit at NYS DEC, as needed/requested
  • Provided guidance to draft legislation, as needed/requested
  • Developed the 2013 Invasive Species Advisory Committee work plan and completed the 2013 ISAC annual report
  • Informed ISAC members about invasive species related news
  • Participated in four regular Invasive Species Council meetings and special Invasive Species Council-Invasive Species Advisory Committee joint meeting and presented an Invasive Species Advisory Committee report at each meeting
  • Participated in monthly PRISM calls, as able / appropriate
  • Submitted Invasive Species Advisory Committee info to be posted on NYIS.INFO that describes the Invasive Species Advisory Committee charge, membership, and initiatives. Preliminary posting is available on http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=state_advisory.

 

Annual Report 2012

 

Click here for a copy of the 2012 ISAC report. Some of the topics addressed in the report include:

  • Formed an Education and Outreach Committee and identified statewide gaps in public invasive species education
  • Provided guidance to draft NYS invasive species legislation
  • Provided guidance to the NYS DEC Office of Invasive Species Coordination
  • Identified priority pathways to minimize invasive species spread and submitted recommendations to the NYS Invasive Species Council
  • Responded to the Council’s directives as needed/requested
  • Developed recommendations to be considered by the Council
  • Played a leadership role in developing a NYS invasive species list
  • Evaluated Voluntary Codes of Conduct for adoption by NYS ISAC member organizations
  • Recommendations to the Invasive Species Council [I will provide PDFs of all of these]
  • Recommendations on disbursement if Environmental Protection Fund money for invasive species projects under the (2010) Cash Management Plan Guidance on draft invasive species legislation Pathways to minimize invasive species spread
  • 2010 letter to Governor recommending not eliminating the Invasive Species Advisory Committee
  • 2010 recommendations for an Aquatic Species Transport Law
  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee Reports and White Papers Will be linked - I will provide PDFs
  • Boat transport white paper Invasive species introduction and spread pathways report [?? Not sure if this exists]
  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee Minutes [I will provide PDFs]


 

Recommendations to the Invasive Species Council

  • Recommendations on disbursement if Environmental Protection Fund money for invasive species projects under the (2010) Cash Management Plan
  • Guidance on draft invasive species legislation
  • Pathways to minimize invasive species spread
  • 2010 letter to Governor recommending not eliminating the Invasive Species Advisory Committee
  • 2010 recommendations for an Aquatic Species Transport Law


 

Invasive Species Advisory Committee Reports and White Papers

  • Boat transport white paper