What are PRISMs?

Among the 12 recommendations of the 2005 NYS Invasive Species Task Force report to the Governor and Legislature was the formation of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) to help prevent or minimize the harm caused by invasive species on New York’s environment, economy and the health and well-being of the State’s citizens. Since that time, the PRISMs across the state have served a vital role in  coordinating invasive species management functions including coordinating partner efforts, recruiting and training citizen volunteers, identifying and delivering education and outreach, establishing early detection monitoring networks and implementing direct eradication and control efforts.

How do I find out more about the PRISM in my region?

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP)– APIPP provides services within the Adirondack Park as well as the northern portions of Franklin and Clinton Counties.

Capital Region PRISM– The Capital Region PRISM provides services in eleven counties in the New York State Capital Region:  Albany, Columbia, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and parts of Fulton, Herkimer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington.

Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP)– CRISP covers all of Otsego, Schoharie, and Delaware Counties; most of Ulster, Greene and Sullivan Counties; and a small part of Orange County.

Finger Lakes PRISM– The Finger Lakes PRISM provides services in seventeen counties:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates.

Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)– LIISMA covers Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk counties.

Lower Hudson PRISM–  The Lower Hudson PRISM provides services in an area that stretches from Manhattan through Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties and west through Rockland, Orange and portions of Ulster and Sullivan Counties.

St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) PRISM ––  The SLELO PRISM encompasses five counties to include: St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oneida, Lewis and Oswego counties outside of the Adirondack Park.

Western New York PRISM– The WNY PRISM region covers the eight westernmost counties of New York State including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.