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CRISP partners represent diverse stakeholders throughout the Catskill Mountain Region.


Our mission is to promote education, prevention, early detection and control of invasive species to limit their impact on the ecosystems and economies of the Catskills. 


We are one of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) in New York State.


Click here for a map of the CRISP region.


CRISP 2018 Invasive Species Funding CLOSED

CRISP Request for Proposals for Invasive Species projects up to $30,000. Deadline for proposals 4/23

Funding Priorities

Priorities for funding will be those projects that best meet the Strategic Objectives defined in the CRISP 2018-2022 Strategic Plan:

- Early Detection/Rapid Response projects

- Surveys and monitoring for high priority species

- Develop structured Citizen Science program that engages and retains participants

- Improve understanding and raise public awareness of high priority and low abundance invasive species in the region

- Improve the scientific understanding of the extent, ecological impact and effective controls of invasive species in the CRISP region



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The hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), a relative of the aphid, is a destructive invasive species in the Catskills. This native of Asia has been spreading through the Hudson Valley and Catskills since the late 1980’s. The adelgid causes Hemlock trees to decrease growth and is usually fatal. The wind, birds, other wildlife and the movement of infested host material (wood) by humans are all factors in the dispersion of the adelgid.


Above: Evan Sweeney and Dan Snider treating Giant Hogweed in Sullivan County. Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant which can cause severe burns, making it one of our priority species to suppress. Click here to find out more. 

Thanks to the New York Environmental Protection Fund

as adminstered by the NYS Department

of Environmental Conservation

CRISP and its partners are working to defend the Catskills



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