Ongoing Events

Public Training Sessions on use of AVID begin in Early May (2018)

DEC, Cornell University and SUNY ESF Announce New Tool to Track Forest Health. Volunteers Encouraged to Assess Impacts of Deer on Forest Health. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged landowners to help the State assess the impacts of deer on forest health. Partnering with DEC biologists and foresters, ecologists at Cornell University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry announced a new tool for evaluating and tracking local forest health. The citizen science tool is called 'AVID,' for Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer. Learn more here.

Invasive Species Awareness Week: July 8 – 14

Be sure to check in your area for programs, workshops and tutorials regarding the many activities planned around New York State regarding invasive species. The second week in July is dedicated to education and projects focusing on invasives. Your local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) is a great place to start in locating a program that fits into your family’s woodlot or aquatic goals.

For related information check out the iMapInvasives Certified Trainers Network-

Are you interested in protecting our natural areas and working with others? The more information we have about invasive species, the more effective our efforts to minimize impacts on the places we love. The iMapInvasives Trainers Network invites landowners, citizen scientists, professionals, and college students to receive training. By increasing the number of people who can look for invasive species, it will boost our ability to catch new invaders early. How to get certified: Webinar training or in person (when available). Contact Brittney Rogers: or .The calendar for in person training throughout NYS is located on the iMapInvasive website.

iMapInvasives Spring Training Blitz (May 10th - June 19th):

Become part of New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online and mobile mapping tool shared by citizen scientists, educators, and natural resource professionals. All interested groups are encouraged to help keep the map up-to-date by reporting invasive species locations and control efforts, and to use the statewide data. The NY Natural Heritage Program is offering free sessions throughout the state this spring, with beginner and advanced data levels, plus sessions on species identification.

For schedule details and to register, please visit

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