The State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets have announced that New York State’s seventh annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held June 7-13.
ISAW is an annual educational campaign featuring numerous statewide events focused on invasive species. During to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, organizations are encouraged to plan virtual experiences and events that incorporate social distancing guidelines and give New Yorkers the opportunity to participate from the safety of their homes.
Initiated in 2014, ISAW’s goal is to engage citizens in activities that promote an understanding of invasive species and their negative impacts and empower people to take action to help stop the spread of these invasive pests. New York State is particularly vulnerable to invasive species due to its role as a center for international trade and travel. Managing invasive species is a long-term effort and requires collaboration from state agencies, stakeholder organizations, and the public.
Partners interested in hosting an event should visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website for more information. All types of programming and events are encouraged, with a new focus on virtual programs and experiences.
Partners should provide local PRISM coordinators with information about local events by Monday, May 25, to ensure they can be added to the statewide list. To learn more about ISAW, or to find a local PRISM website, visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website.