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Make a Splash: Tips for Invasive Species Prevention & Management

posted by Slelo Prism at 2024-06-02 09:04:00


Summer is ramping up, allowing for ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you like to camp, swim, hike, or boat, there are many tips and resources available below to beat the heat and keep your outdoor spaces safe.

Join events and tune into webinars to learn ways you can prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species June 3-9, during New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW). Visit nyis.info to get details.

Get Involved!

One of the most rewarding ways to act is to get involved in your community! SLELO PRISM and our partners invite community members to join us for volunteer efforts and events, including hikes, paddles, invasive species removals, and site restoration efforts. Join events occurring in the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region.

At a statewide level, you can get involved with the Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). The PRISM network raises awareness of invasive species, provides prevention guidance, and is involved in the management of invasives across the state.

You can aid community science by reporting invasive species observations to NYiMapInvasives- New York’s invasive species database. Using the NYiMapInvasives mobile app or website, you can report presence and distribution data directly to invasive species management professionals. Data helps to locate new invasive species populations and strengthens management efforts. Become familiar with invasive species that threaten New York State by checking out this story-map developed by PRISM.

While Boating

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) cause significant problems by clogging waterways, hindering recreation, reducing property values, and harming ecosystems. They can spread via watercraft, trailers, and fishing gear. To prevent this spread, follow these steps:

Clean. Thoroughly clean your boat, trailer, life jackets, fishing tackle, and other equipment immediately after use, removing any visible plant debris.
Drain. Empty live wells, bait buckets, bilge water, and lower your boat motor before leaving the boat launch area.
Dry. Ensure your vessel and equipment are completely dry for at least 5 days before using them in another water body to prevent the survival and spread of AIS.

While Hiking

The tread of your shoes and your pets' fur can pick up and spread plant seeds and microscopic organisms, potentially introducing them to new areas. To prevent this, use a boot brush to clean your shoes before and after hiking. Many trails have boot brush stations, or you can buy a handheld boot brush from the PlayCleanGo store. Additionally, examine your pets for seeds in their fur and bathe them after hiking. Be sure to check for ticks on both you and your four-legged friends.

While Traveling

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that poses a severe threat to New York’s agricultural and tourism industries and forests. It feeds on over 100 plant species, including grapes, hops, apples, and maple trees, and excretes honeydew that attracts sooty molds, hindering plant growth and attracting stinging insects. SLF lays eggs on nearly any flat surface and can hitchhike on vehicles, spreading easily to new areas. To prevent the spread of SLF, travelers should check their vehicles, especially the grill and wheel wells, for SLF adults and eggs. Remove, destroy, and report any findings to NYiMapInvasives.org or spottedlanternfly@agriculture.ny.gov. Learn more about SLF in our Spring Species Spotlight.

While Using Firewood

Invasive insects like the emerald ash borer and long-horned beetle can easily hitchhike inside firewood. The larvae of these insects burrow tunnels in the wood, pupate, and emerge as adults. These invasive tree pests cause tree mortality and can significantly impact the overall health of natural and urban forests. To prevent this, source local firewood. In New York State, there are regulations against moving firewood more than 50 miles from where it originated. While camping, avoid bringing unused firewood home or using firewood sourced more than 50 miles from where you will use it. Additionally, buy certified heat-treated firewood. In New York, treated firewood must be subjected to a heat-treatment process at 71°C (160°F) for 75 minutes in a government-certified facility to kill any pests in the wood.
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About Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native species that cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. Invasive species are easily spread by people and can have huge consequences when introduced to natural ecosystems.


The St. Lawrence–Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) is one of eight PRISMs that span the state of New York. The PRISM network stemmed from recommendations from the NYS Invasive Species Task Force in 2005 and became fully established in 2014. PRISMs are funded by the NYS Environmental Protection fund in coordination with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and various partners. PRISMs have made tremendous progress towards preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species and mitigating the impacts of existing invasive species within the state.

SLELO PRISM is hosted by The Nature Conservancy and was formally recognized by NYS in 2011. Their mission is to protect native habitats, biodiversity, natural areas, and freshwater resources, utilizing a collaborative and integrated approach to invasive species management with an emphasis on prevention, early detection, rapid response, education, and outreach.
posted at: 2024-06-02 09:04:00, last updated: 2024-06-02 10:44:09

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