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PACD North West Region Will Test a New Pilot Invasive Species Program

From the Elk County Conservation District Bugle Newsletter, Volume 10, Issue 2, Summer 2022

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) was awarded a $210,000 Landscape Scale Restoration Grant from the USDA Forest Service for a pilot PRISM program in Northwest PA. PRISM stands for Pennsylvania Regional Invasive Species Management.

The presence of invasive species is becoming more and more prevalent across PA. These invasive species are not native to the area and by having no natural predators, are able to outcompete native species and take over. The presence of invasive species poses a threat to Pennsylvania’s economy, natural resources, and quality of life.

The PRISM program allocates funding for the removal and treatment of invasive species, as well as educational programming to teach the public and businesses about this threat. PRISMs such as this have been implemented in other states for years with great success. We hope that the implementation of this program in Pennsylvania will help us reclaim the wild areas of our state and keep invasive species at bay!

Click here to read more about the invasive species survey in PA.