Invasive Species Grant Progam
The newly consolidated Invasive Species Grant Program combines previous opportunities, such as the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention and the Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Early Detection/Rapid Response grants, to create a single grant program designed to support projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. In addition, the Invasive Species Grant program allows applications for two new categories: Lake Management Planning and Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Research.
2019 Grant Awards
DEC received 96 application and awarded approximately $2.8 million from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to 42 projects.
$594,464.38 was awarded to eight Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention projects. These projects help deploy watercraft stewards to conduct voluntary boat inspections and deliver education and outreach to recreational boaters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
$1,163,138.73 was awarded to 16 Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control projects. These projects promote the removal of invasive species through physical and mechanical removal, chemical treatments and biocontrol release.
$865,960.00 was awarded to 10 Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Research projects. These research projects help improve invasive species control methodologies.
$233,899.00 was awarded to eight Lake Management Planning projects. These projects help address the underlying causes of aquatic invasive species infestations and help provide a context for their control and management.
Grantee Project Grant Amount:
- Paul Smith's College of Arts and Science: Efficacy of boat stewards and New York State regulations at enhancing visitor adoption of aquatic invasive species prevention strategies $49,056.00
- Paul Smith's College of Arts and Science: Pathways of Invasion: Developing models to predict recreational boater activity, aquatic invasive species distributions, and landscape level connectivity to inform AIS management across New York State $88,152.00
For full list of grantee projects and grant amounts please visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/115742.html.