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2017-11-08 / Outdoor Life

Local CRISP Meetings Through Friday

The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), a program of the Catskill Center, will lead information gathering sessions through November 10, to discuss the best ways to fight invasive species in the Catskills. Anyone concerned with invasive species in the Catskill is invited to participate.

Each meeting will last for two hours and will be facilitated by strategic planner Meredith Richardson.

CRISP program staff extends special invitations to representatives of conservation organizations, faculty at local universities & colleges, county, township & municipality leaders, railroad & utility corridors representatives, construction company representatives agriculture industry representatives, farmers, foresters, farm bureau leaders, recreationists, landscape architects and fishermen.

CRISP, one of New York’s eight partnerships for regional invasive species management, promotes education, prevention, early detection and control of invasive species to limit their impact on the ecosystems and economies of the Catskills.

In the meetings, participants will provide input which CRISP will use to refine the program’s long and short-term goals and create an action plan to achieve those goals.

The meeting dates, times, host organizations, addresses and focus discussion topics are as follows:

Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District, 44 West Street, Suite 1, Walton;

Nov. 8, 2 p.m., SUNY Delhi, Farrell Building, Room 111, 454 Delhi Drive, Delhi;

Nov. 9, 2 p.m., Catskill Center, 43355 State Hwy. 28, Arkville.

Nov. 10, 2 p.m., SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center Oneonta. Topic will be aquatic invasive as this session.

Attendance will be capped at 12 people per meeting. RSVP to jthompson@catskillcenter.org to reserve a seat.

CRISP collaborates with partner organizations on invasive species management, monitoring and rapid response for early detection species. The Catskill Center hosts the CRISP program through a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Strategies developed during this process will impact how CRISP moves forward. Everyone with a stake is encouraged to do their part and join the discussion.

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