The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area


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The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (including Staten Island and other Coastal Islands)

For Employment Opportunities and Invasive Species Conference Information, please see below!

 Employment Opportunties:

Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) Coordinator

Job Description



The Long Island Native Plant Initiative Inc. (LINPI) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to conserve the genetic diversity of native long Island plants with a particular emphasis on the production and use of ecotypes.  The organization’s activities include collection of native plant seed, propagation and sale of native plant materials, and education of horticulture professionals and the general public of the importance for conserving native plant species.  The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) is coordinated by LINPI in an effort to further protect Long Island’s native plant populations through the prevention and management of invasive species.  The mission of LIISMA is help conserve Long Island’s and Staten Island’s biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreation resources, scenic quality, and crop production, while protecting human health and safety, by facilitating cooperation and coordination among land owners and managers to reduce the threat of human-introduced invasive species. We also believe we can reduce the costs of invasive species management by preventing and eradicating new invasive species infestations before they become established.


The LIISMA Coordinator is the primary individual within the organization responsible for fulfilling LIISMA’s mission and providing the support and leadership in invasive species programming and management for Long Island and Staten Island.  The position requires related duties of business administration, outreach, education, management, and volunteer coordination, as well as building and maintaining relationships in the professional invasive species community.  Key relationships include coordinators with NYS’s Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) and partners in the NYS invasive species program including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Invasive Species Coordination Unit, iMap Invasives, NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse, Cornell Invasive Species Research Institute, NYS Invasive Species Research Institute, NY Invasive Species Council, and NY Invasive Species Advisory Committee.  The Program Coordinator supervises the LIISMA Educator Coordinator and seasonal interns. The position is directly supervised by the LINPI Executive Director and the Board of Directors. 

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LIISMA Invasive Species Conference

Sisters of St. Joseph

1725 Brentwood Ave. Brentwood, NY

June 22, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Event Registration: 

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Continuing Education Credits Offered:

ISA, NYSDEC Pesticide, CNLP (up to 7.75 CEU), NOFA, Forester and LA for Registered Landscape Architects

The 1st LIISMA Invasive Species Conference will present a wealth of invasive species topics highlighting the devastating impacts to our natural environment and business economies. Topics on climate change, iMapInvasives tools, new/emerging species, response approaches, and species identification will help land managers and public alike conduct and prioritize techniques used for the prevention and management of invasive species. Both aquatic and terrestrial species management topics will be discussed including pathways of introduction, pre and post control management, and what homeowners can do to prevent invasive species introductions. 

8:00 a.m.    Registration & Refreshments

8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introductions

8:45 a.m.    Why Do Biological Invasions Matter, What We Need To Protect

                     Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Curator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.

9:30 a.m.    Economics of Resources Threatened By Invasive Species

        Dr. Travis Warziniack, Economist, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort  Collins, CO.

10:00 a.m.  Break & Visit Exhibits

10:15 a.m.  Climate Change and Invasive Species

                     Dr. Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Science  Department, 

                    Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.

10:45 a.m. Prioritizing Invasive Species Efforts Using iMapInvasives Tools and Data

        Dr. Jennifer Dean, Invasive Species Biologist, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.

11:15 a.m. Priority Conservation Areas (PCA’s), Highly Probable Areas (HPA’s) and

      Early Detection Rapid Response  Approaches for Invasive Species Management in the

      St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) PRISM

                    Robert Williams, Coordinator, St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM, Pulaski, NY.                    

11:45 a.m. Forest Pest Detection and Management on Long Island

                    Robert Cole, Forester, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.

12:30 p.m. Lunch and Visit Exhibitors


12:30 p.m. Concurrent Lunchtime Workshops

1)      Terrestrial Invasive Plant Field Identification Workshop

          Rusty Schmidt, President, Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Hampton Bays, NY.

2)      Aquatic Invasive Species Hands On Identification Workshop

          Chart Guthrie, Regional Fisheries Manger, NYS Department Environment Conservation Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

3)      Southern Pine Beetle Signs And Symptoms Field Identification Workshop \

          John Wernet, Supervising Forester, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

1:45 p.m.  Concurrent Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Concurrent Sessions

Terrestrial Invasive Species Concurrent Session

1:45 p.m.  New and Approaching Invasive Plant Species

      Lara Pomi-Urbat, Permitting Specialist, Certified Ecologist, PSEG Long Island, Hicksville, NY. 

2:15 p.m.  Using the IPM DAT Tool for Invasive Species Management Planning

      Dr. Jennifer Dean, Invasive Species Biologist, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.                                                             

2:45 p.m.   A Longitudinal Experiment in Volunteer-Powered Restoration of a Berberis thunbergii-Infested Floodplain Forest

     William H. Moorhead, III.  Consulting Field Botanist, Litchfield, CT.

3:15 p.m.   Break and Visit Exhibitors

3:30 p.m.   What Can You Do in Your Backyard? Prevention and Management Practices to address

       Invasive Species for Homeowners

       Patricia Manzi, District Manager, Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, Syosset, NY.

4:00p.m.    Tools For Improving the Management of Non-Native Phragmites

       Karen Alexander, Senior Program Specialist, Great Lakes Commission, Ann Arbor, MI.                  

4:30 p.m.   An Integrated Approach to Swallow-wort Containment, Suppression and Eradication - What Works

      Robert O’Brien, Invasive Species Control Field Director, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, New Paltz, NY.


Aquatic Invasive Species Concurrent Session

1:45 p.m.   Aquatic Ecosystems as Unique Habitats for Invasive Species Management

       Dr. Judith Pederson, Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

2:15 p.m.  New and Emerging Species and Pathways in Freshwater Ecosystems

      Chart Guthrie, Regional Fisheries Manger, NYS Department Environment Conservation Region 1,  Stony Brook, NY.

2: 45 p.m.  A New Frontier for NY iMapInvasives

      Emily Runnells, Marine Zoologist, NY Natural Heritage Program, East Setauket, NY.

3:15 p.m.  Break and Visit Exhibitors

3: 30 p.m.  Health and Safety: Toxic Blue Green Algae, What Every Lake Manager Needs to Know

       Dr. Christopher Gobler, Associate Dean of Research School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences,

       SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.

4:00 p.m.    Aquarium Trade Risk for Non-native Aquatic Species Introductions

       Gregory Bugbee, Associate Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT.

4:30 p.m.   Clean Drain and Dry – Access Site Boat Steward Program

      Miranda Ciardulli, Access Site Steward

      Talia Haik, Access Site Steward, Bureau of Fisheries, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation,

      Region 1, Stony Brook, NY

5:00 p.m. Conclusion

Event Registration:

For More information please contact or call (631)560-9945.

Program Sponsorship and Support

This program is made possible thanks to generous funding provided to the Long Island Native Plant Initiative by the New York State Environmental Protection through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Many thanks and appreciation to our hosts the Sisters of St. Joseph and the LIISMA Conference Coordination Committee Members for their time and assistance in developing the conference programming.



In The News

New lists posted for all invasive species in the PRISM

Check out the Species Lists page for lists of invasive species for the PRISM that were posted in September 2016


Arthraxon grass discovered on Long Island (SEPT 2015)

Arthraxon, (Arthaxon hispidus) is an invasive grass that can be found in many of the same places that Japanese Stiltgrass grows; floodplains, shorelines, wet meadows, wet trails and roadsides. It was found in the summer of 2015 for the first time on Long Island near Big Reed Pond in Montauk.  There are only three other localities known from New York but it is a big problem in states south of New York. Keep your eyes open for this invasive grass by looking for the wide clasping leaves that have very long cilia toward the base of them.  You can Google the scientific name for more information.

Town Bamboo Codes Compiled

The Website Dr. Bamboo has compiled a list of towns and the bamboo codes they have in effect.  Access it here.

The New State Regulations on Invasive Species Are Now In Effect (March 2015)

You can find more information on the regulations and the lists of prohibited and regulated species on our Legislation Page.

DEC starts work on Southern Pine Beetle Control (Feb 2016)

DEC Region 1 has strarted to assess and control the damage to our pitch pines on Long Island before the insects begin their dispersal. We hope the low temperatures experienced on Long Island recently will slow their advance.

The latest information from DEC can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Clean, Drain, and Dry for Paddlers

Check out this video on the techniques for preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species


Kudzu Bug Makes Rapid Progress Toward New York

The exotic kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, was first found in Georgia in 2009 and is now found as far north as Maryland and Delaware.  This stink bug eats kudzu but also eats soybean and possibly native legumes like hog peanut.  It also gathers in large numbers on the sides of houses. We will monitor the kudzu infestations we have in New York to see if or when it arrives. We are in the process of surveying and updating all of our kudzu locations in New York this summer.

More information about the bug and a distribution map can be found by CLICKING HERE


MORE!         Species Alert Page!              

Go to our species alert page to see a list of early detection species with informative web links.

Keep your eye out for these species so they don't become established in LIISMA!

MORE!           Long Island Goat Grazing Study 2005-06

CLICK HERE to go to the resources page to read about the study.