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Survey and Assessment

Invasive species surveys and site assessments are integral steps in invasive species management planning. The following resources have been developed to help invasive species professionals and citizen scientists collect and report information on invasive species to drive management efforts.


Invasive species surveys can be used to conduct a species inventory of an area or to survey for specific species. WNY PRISM’s invasive species survey protocol has been developed to increase and improve invasive species presence and distribution data throughout western New York. The information provided could be used to guide education and outreach initiatives, future survey efforts, management decisions and much more. The protocol describes specific data to collect about invasive species. The protocol is accompanied by a Field Observation Form which can be printed out and used to collect information in the field. A Field Observation Form Instruction Sheet has been created to demonstrate how to complete the data sheet.

Survey Technicians Amanda Gabryszak and Kathleen McCormick determining the extent and area of a slender false brome infestation.
Early Detection Assessments

WNY PRISM’s Early Detection Assessment Form has been developed to help improve regional response efforts and may be used to describe infestations of Tier 1 or Tier 2 species throughout the WNY PRISM region. Tier 1 invasive species are those that have not previously been detected in the region, while Tier 2 species are those present, but not yet common or widespread. These species are a high priority for treatment and removal, with a management goal of eradication. Information on invasive species tiers and WNY PRISM priority species can be found here.

The protocol describes how to collect data necessary for determining Best Management Practices. The Early Detection Assessment Form can be printed out and used for data collection in the field and is coupled with an example data sheet that has been completed to demonstrate how to fill out the sheet. A Survey123 program is also available to use for assessments on a smartphone or tablet, please e-mail Brittany Hernon at for access to this program.