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NYS Invasive Species Program Five Years of Progress and Partnership

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  1. NYS Invasive Species ProgramFive Years of Progress and Partnership 22 May 2012 ANS Panel Leslie Surprenant Director Dave Adams Coordinator

  2. Invasive species Non-native species that can cause significant harm to environment or human health (from Federal Exec Order 13112 and NYS ECL Title 17) Biological pollution ~ 15% non-native = invasive

  3. Invasion Pathways

  4. In the Beginning… Invasive Species Task Force • Established in statute 2003 • Investigated invasive species issue • Delivered report and 12 recommendations to Gov and Leg to help NY meet challenge of invasive species ( final report 2005) • Informed framework and efforts in progress now http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/istfreport1105.pdf

  5. Office of Invasive Species CoordinationEst. 2008 MISSION …to preventor minimize the harm caused by invasive species to New York’s environment by collaborating and coordinating efforts with all stakeholdersacross the State. (2 DEC staff)

  6. ECL Article 17 NYS IS Leadership Structure Advisory Committee (25 NGO stakeholder) Council (9 NYS agencies) Coordination (52 agency staff DEC + DAM)

  7. Building a Strategic System Coordination and Communication

  8. Build and Support Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) Coordination and administration under NYS Contract To be contracted under RFP

  9. Invasive Species Database • Where are NY’s Invasive Species ? • Online info and GIS mapping • Assist early detection • Supports rapid response • Can track control activities and results

  10. NYS Invasive Species Research Institute • Scientific advisory committee • Experts database • White paper on Eurasian watermilfoil management in NY • Invasive species component of NY Climate Change report (NYSERDA, 2011) • Developed science brief and survey reports for Hydrilla infestation in Cayuga Lk inlet • Support for partners

  11. Online Invasive Species Clearinghouse • Species fact sheets • PRISM information • News and events • Link to PRISM call recordings

  12. Education and Outreach Cornell / CCE partner • Supports invasive species programs of CCE County Associations and PRISMs • Helps to educate partners in outreach education techniques • Help develop outreach efforts or long-term invasive species outreach plans • Assist and educate partners on E-O program evaluation • Develop invasive species E-O materials and trainings to support program partners’ outreach • Many agency and partner E-O efforts

  13. Comprehensive Plan • NYS Invasive Species Strategy (2011; not “comprehensive”) • Recommendations: • Use NISC model • Prevent invasions through pathways management • Identify and prioritize pathways; develop appropriate response • Increase awareness • Restore habitat • Provide adequate staffing and funding • Streamline contractual and funding process • Coordinate within and beyond State • Use adaptive management • Consistent with ISTF recommendations and framework efforts underway

  14. Assess Impacts of IS in NYS • Quantify harm to economy, agriculture, and environment for priority species • Engage stakeholders in transparent assessment process • “Four Tier Regulatory System’ Steering Team + 4 work groups • Diverse stakeholders (gov, NGO, industry, academia) & scientific experts • Volunteer effort • Assessed and ranked 180 plants http://nyis.info/Resources/IS_Risk_Assessment.aspx It

  15. Prevent Invasive Species Introductions • Best inve$tment • Fund launch stewards (fed $) • White paper on aquatic invasive transport law recommendations (NYISAC) • BMPs – DOT,Utility ROW, HVHF (proposed in SGEIS) • Require native tree and shrubs (DOT) • “Regulatory System” report and recommendations (ISC) http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/invasive062910.pdf

  16. Recommend Statutory Actions Invasive Species Council drafted bills • Aquatic Transport Bill – prohibits transport of visible plants and animals on boats and trailers • List Bill – authorizes DEC to develop regulatory lists for non-native species Submitted to gov. and leg. in late 2010 Passed Assembly….Senate vote pending….

  17. Monitor Invasive Species Populations • Systematic monitoring • Expert ID • 8000 EAB traps in NY • Surveyed invasive craneflies • Feral swine reports • Lk George Asian clam and Eurasian watermilfoil • Roadside inventories of priority plants • NYS watershed lands inventory

  18. Detect Early • Northern snakehead fish in Orange Co • Detected early • Eradicated using rotenone 2008 and 2009 (no detects in 2010 or 2011)

  19. Respond Rapidly • Framework for rapid response (OISC) • Based on Incident Command System • Assists resource managers and others responsible for responding • Informed by DEC’s experience with chronic wasting disease, Hydrilla, oak wilt, ALB and EAB • Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake Inlet • Asian clams in Lk George • Oak Wilt (Scotia, NY)

  20. Control Invasive Species • DOT – 70 sites in Adks • NYS “eradication” grants – 2 rounds aquatic; 1 terrestrial funded ~ $3M • 61 aquatic (most EWM); 10 terrestrial (typ. Phrag, barberry, knotweed) • Private forestry and riparian grants (NYC DEP) • EWM in Lk George (since 1986); Asian clam (since 2010) • Giant Hogweed (2009 – 2011) – PRISMs assisting

  21. Success Stories • ALB in Islip • Oak wilt in Scotia (Schen. Co) • Populations of giant hogweed • More?

  22. Restore Native Species and Habitat • ~ 42% species listed as endangered or threatened primarily due to invasive species (Pimentel, et al, 1999) • Restoring bog turtle habitat – control purple loosestrife using Gallarucellsspp beetles and Phragmites (herbicide wicked on reed) • Restored native plants and trees along State Rte 73 in Adks • Interagency partnership to increase use of native plants and trees grown at NYS Saratoga nursery • Wetland mitigation sites along highways – control purple loosestrife (bio control)

  23. Research • Supports science-based invasive species management • ISC agencies and partners supported research on: • Developing a Phragmites biological control agent • Intensive rotational grazing to control invasive species • Feral swine • Clean stock pilot to test, certify and import regulated European grape vines • Invasive cranefly genetics and control • Efficacy of controlling Asian bittersweet using glyphosate on cut stumps

  24. Learn from Each Other Through Conferences and Symposia Conferences & large meetings supported by ISC and partners • Odum Conference • Annual CCE in-service • Biennial Invasive Species Symposium • Northeast Natural History Conference • Champlain Canal IS Stakeholder Summit • NYS Wetlands Forum • NYS Federation of Lakeowners Assoc. • National IS Awareness Week • Utility ROW conferences and training • Waste Management Conference • NYS Association of Clerks annual meeting • NYS Association of Towns annual meeting • NYS Becoming an Outdoors Woman • NYS Outdoor Guides Association

  25. Implementation Progress(IS Task Force Recommendations) • Leadership Structure (Legislative authority in 2007) • Comprehensive IS management plan (Phase 1 “Strategy” completed 2011) • Appropriate resources – $ EPF, federal $ • Education – Outreach (Cornell U) • Online IS Clearinghouse • Regular IS conference • IS Research Institute (Cornell U) • Demonstration projects (8 PRISMs; control projects)

  26. Dwindling State Staff and FundingIncreases Need for Partners NYS – funded implementation contracts • 12+ full time NGO employees • Many more PT, seasonal, and sub-contract Federal grant “pass through” to partners • seasonal staff for boat steward programs • IS monitoring and control

  27. Resources • IS Clearinghouse - nyis.info/ Invasive species information, PRISM websites and information and more • IS Database - imapinvasives.org/ GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool; training available for groups, PRISMs etc. DEC Website - www.dec.ny.gov/ Contact information: Leslie Surprenant NYS DEC OISC IS Director 518-402-8980 Ljsurpre@gw.dec.state.ny.us