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Partnerships

WNY PRISM is a regional partnership created to address the negative impacts of invasive species on our economy, environment, and human health. Our collaborative approach to invasive species management allows for coordinated and cooperative efforts that share and leverage limited resources and result in improved control and prevention efforts.

Partner groups and volunteers are essential for success, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The WNY PRISM Partnership includes local citizens, private landowners, non-profit organizations, state, federal, tribal, and local agencies, business, researchers and universities.

There are many ways to become a WNY PRISM Partner.

  • Stay Informed – join the WNY PRISM Listserve
  • Join one of WNY PRISM’s Working Groups
  • Report Invasive Species – use iMapInvasives online mapping tool
  • Attend WNY PRISM Events, Meetings, and Trainings
  • Provide WNY PRISM with information on your current and past invasive species management efforts
  • Support Partner efforts and project proposals
  • Help get word out about Partner events and opportunities
  • Share resources

 

WNY PRISM 2017 Requests for Crew Assistance

WNY PRISM 2015 Invasive Species Management Crew (left to right: Mat Bilz, Lexy Wagner, Patricia Shulenburg, Lucy Nuessle) getting ready to collect purple loosestrife biocontrol beetles. photo credit: WNY PRISM

WNY PRISM 2015 Invasive Species Management Crew (left to right: Mat Bilz, Lexy Wagner, Patricia Shulenburg, Lucy Nuessle) getting ready to collect purple loosestrife biocontrol beetles. photo credit: WNY PRISM

Each year, WNY PRISM hires 2-3 Invasive Species Management Assistants (Crew), which is made available to assist Partners with Invasive Species Management and Habitat Restoration Projects throughout our eight county region. Past projects have included manual and chemical removal projects, mapping/surveys, and native plantings. The Crew is trained for terrestrial application of non-restricted use pesticides (herbicides only), however WNY PRISM does not currently have the capacity for large scale efforts. If your organization has a project you would like WNY PRISM Crew assistance with, we encourage you to submit a Request for Crew Assistance.

Depending on the number of requests we receive, we may need to prioritize projects. Review criteria will include WNY PRISM Goals, Priorities, Partnership, and Long-term Sustainability of the Project, as well as WNY PRISM’s ability/capacity to do the project. If you have questions about whether or not a project is within WNY PRISM’s capacity to do, or would like more information on how projects will be reviewed, please contact Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator.

In order to have your project considered for Crew Assistance, we require that you submit an official WNY PRISM 2017 Request for Crew Assistance, which may be emailed to Andrea Locke ([email protected]). Projects will be reviewed by the WNY PRISM Coordinator, Director, and Steering Committee. The due date for requests is Friday, February 3, 2017. Requests received after the due date may not be considered for this year.