The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the state’s fourth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will take place from July 9–15.

 “Invasive Species Awareness Week is a great opportunity to highlight some of the environmental and economic threats these species can pose and raises awareness of the many ways that all New Yorkers can help protect against unwelcome species in their communities,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

The DEC will work with the eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), Cornell Cooperative and other state and local partners to host educational events about how to identify and manage invasive species for ISAW.

“Preventing the spread of invasive species is the most effective way to fight and address the damage these species can cause to our natural resources,” said Seggos.

The DEC is still looking for partners to host events. PRISM coordinators are accepting event submissions until June 26.

“Communities across the State have been instrumental in helping the State keep a watchful eye out for invasive species of all kinds. With their assistance, we have been able to better monitor, and as a result, slow the spread of these invasive that can damage our trees, plants and aquatic habitats, and negatively impact our State’s economy,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball.

We encourage citizens to join us during Invasive Species Awareness Week and take part in some of the activities planned to continue to educate New Yorkers on how to spot, identify and protect against these non-native species.” Ball continued.

Last year there were over 120 ISAW partner-hosted events in New York totaling in more than 2,500 participants. A calendar of this year’s events is already available and will continue to be updated as more events are planned.