The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) has announced the release of the State’s draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan for public comment.
The proposed plan is designed to minimize the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species throughout New York. Comments will be accepted through June 1, 2018.
Invasive species are non-native organisms that can cause harm to the environment, human health, and the economy.
The draft plan identifies eight objectives to limit the negative impacts of invasive species:
Build partnerships and capacity while supporting effective ongoing programs;
Develop a centralized framework for sharing invasive species information;
Set priorities for invasive species management and preparedness;
Engage and inform the public about invasive species;
Advance prevention and early detection;
Improve responsiveness to new invasions;
Recover ecosystem resilience and services; and
Evaluate and report progress, adapt to evolving circumstances.
The draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan may be downloaded from DEC’s website.
Comments may be sent to [email protected] or via mail to NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, Invasive Species Coordination Section, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233-4253.
Photo: A Lake George Association Lake Steward inspects a boat for invasive species at the Norowal Marina.