Capital Region PRISM

The Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), is hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County a not for profit semi-quasi government agency.  The PRISM is one of eight such entities in New York State and is  financially supported through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) via the Environmental Protection Fund. The Capital Region PRISM provides regional services across eleven counties in the greater New York State Capital Region. Counties served included Albany, Columbia, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington and portions of Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, and Warren.  The PRISM is staffed with a full time Terrestrial, Aquatics, Outreach Educator and a Lead Coordinator. Our seasonal staff includes watercraft stewards and paid interns from affiliated colleges and universities in the Capital Region.

The mission of the CR-PRISM is to “Detect, prevent, and control invasive species through direct action and education, to protect biodiversity, the natural environment, economy, and quality of life.” The deliverables of the PRISM include but are not limited to: Coordination of regional invasive species management activities, Implementation of education, outreach, and prevention programs; Early detection, monitoring, rapid response control actions, and habitat restoration; Recruitment and training of volunteers; and Collaborations with partner organizations.

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