Capital/Mohawk PRISM Geography
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About the PRISM System
New York State is divided into 8 PRISMS, funded through New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Environmental Protection Fund and are hosted at various locations.
The Capital / Mohawk PRISM is hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County. It includes the counties of Albany, Columbia, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady and portions of Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington.
The 8 PRISMs of New York State:
What are invasive species?
Invasive species are exotic, non-native species that cause economic or ecological harm, or harm to human health. These organisms are plants, animals, and diseases that are not originally from the area. They moved from their native habitats into our state, usually with help from humans. In these new habitats, invasive species are freed from the factors that kept their populations in check - like predators, bad weather, and diseases - and their populations explode. A species is considered invasive when it does more harm than good.
Invasive species are usually from a similar climate somewhere across the globe. Native plants and animals are not used to dealing with these new invaders, and are unable to compete. Native animals also do not usually browse on non-native plants, giving these invaders an additional advantage that they use to out-compete our native species. They cost the U.S. economy $120 billion a year in control costs and lost production and threaten 46% of federally endangered and threatened species in the U.S. Invasive species rank second behind habitat loss as the greatest threat to biodiversity globally.