Governor Cuomo Announces $2.8 Million In Grant Awards To Combat Spread Of Invasive Species

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $2.8 million in grants have been awarded to 42 projects that will reduce the negative impacts of invasive species through control or removal activities, research, and spread prevention. These grants are part of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Invasive Species Grant Program and are funded by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund.

“New York State is leading the way in invasive species management to ensure our environment remains sustainable, healthy and strong,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through joint efforts by our state, community and organizational partners, we are developing new programs and initiatives to combat the threat of invasive species that could damage New York’s waterways, agricultural crops, and invaluable forest lands.”

“As someone who lives along the shore of Lake Erie, I know the importance of continued investments in efforts to combat and protect against the spread of invasive species,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “New York is home to an abundance of natural beauty, which attracts residents and visitors alike. We want to make sure we protect our environment and that our forests, lakes and rivers are secured for future generations.”

Across the state, DEC is using science to determine what actions will have the greatest impact in controlling invasive species. Awarded projects are spread across four categories: CLICK HERE