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New York State Hemlock Initiative

Keeping the legacy alive

Know Your PRISM

PRISMs in New York State

PRISM stands for Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. Throughout New York there are eight regional PRISMs, each representing the combined efforts of environmental and conservation organizations to make an impact across the state with a focus on invasive species surveillance and management strategies. Each PRISM in New York is taking action to help stop the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) according to the level of infestation in each region.

Learn how to make an impact in your region!

First, learn what PRISM region you live in by using the DEC’s PRISM map, found here.

Then you can visit the PRISM websites to learn more. Links for each PRISM can be found below:

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP)
Capital-Mohawk PRISM (Cap-Mo)
Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP)
Finger Lakes PRISM (FL-PRISM)
Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)
Lower Hudson PRISM (LH-PRISM)
St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM (SLELO)
Western New York PRISM (WNY-PRISM)


PRISM Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management

Though the New York State Hemlock Initiative is active statewide, each PRISM has its own goals in detecting, managing, and controlling the spread of HWA. Below are PRISM-specific position descriptions for being a citizen science volunteer with the NYS Hemlock Initiative in your region. Knowing what to look for and what the priorities of your PRISM region are will help us become better stewards of hemlocks in the forest and watershed ecosystems throughout New York.

Regional volunteering guides: APIPP, Cap-Mo, CRISP, FL-PRISM, LH-PRISM, LIISMA, SLELOWNY-PRISM

Each guide has information on how to report HWA and healthy hemlock findings, the HWA priorities for your PRISM, and additional resources to contact for more region-based information. Links to each CCE website can be found below.


Cornell Cooperative Extension

The Cornell Cooperative Extension is another resource that helps fight the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid in New York. Through education, outreach, and volunteering efforts, CCE is working with us to broaden our reach in the state. Some of the CCE initiatives include the Master Naturalist program and the Master Forest Owner program, both of which are dedicated to learning about and managing healthier natural ecosystems and being stewards of the land.

Your local CCE office can be an invaluable tool if you are interested in conserving hemlocks in New York State. Below are the links, arranged by PRISM region, of each CCE county website:

APIPP: Clinton | Essex | Franklin | Hamilton | Herkimer | St. Lawrence | Warren

Capital-Mohawk: Albany | Columbia & Greene | Fulton & Montgomery | Herkimer | Rensselaer | Saratoga | Schenectady | Washington

CRISP: Columbia & Greene | Delaware | Schoharie & Otsego | Sullivan | Ulster

Finger Lakes: Broome | Cayuga | Chemung | Chenango | Cortland | Livingston | Madison | Monroe | Onandaga | Ontario | Schuyler | Seneca | Steuben | Tioga | Tompkins | Wayne | Yates

LIISMA: Nassau | Suffolk

Lower Hudson: Dutchess | New York City | Orange | Putnam | Rockland | Ulster | Westchester

SLELO: Jefferson | Lewis | Oneida | Oswego | St. Lawrence

Western NY: Allegany | Cattaraugus | Chautauqua | Erie | Genesee | Niagara | Orleans | Wyoming

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