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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, and local agencies, businesses, researchers and universities.

There are many ways to become a WNY PRISM partner.

  • Stay Informed – join the WNY PRISM Listserv
  • 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's 2016 Fall Partner Meeting, held at Woodlawn Beach State Park. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM

WNY PRISM’s 2016 Fall Partner Meeting, held at Woodlawn Beach State Park. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM

Crew Assistance Program

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 getting ready to collect purple loosestrife biocontrol beetles. Photo credit: WNY PRISM

Each year, WNY PRISM hires 2-3 Invasive Species Management Assistants, who make up our Crew, which is available to assist partners with invasive species management and habitat restoration projects throughout the 8-county region. Past projects have included manual and chemical removal, mapping and surveys, native plantings, and volunteer and outreach events.

If your organization has a project you would like WNY PRISM Crew assistance with, we encourage you to submit a project proposal. WNY PRISM solicits request during the winter months, for the following field season. For example, requests for Crew assistance in summer 2019, were due in January, 2019. Due to the number of requests we receive, and limited capacity, not all projects will be selected. 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.

It’s never too early to start! If you have a project in mind, please contact WNY PRISM, so we can work together to form a management plan that will provide for long term success.

Funding/Grant Opportunities

WNY PRISM works closely with our partners to identify potential funding sources, and assists with securing funds. This is done by identifying partnership opportunities and connecting appropriate partners, reviewing proposals, and by providing letters of support.

WNY PRISM has developed the following guide to assist partners in identifying invasive species related funding opportunities available for work in our region. While we strive to keep this resource up to date, the grants and funding landscape is constantly changing. You can help us keep this guide current and useful by providing new and updated information to WNY PRISM at [email protected]. Please use ‘Funding Resources’ as the subject line.

Invasive Species Funding Guide for Western New York