$3M in grant awards secured to support invasive species prevention projects across New York

New efforts are underway throughout New York state to reduce the negative impacts of invasive species. 
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today $3 million in grants to support invasive species prevention projects.
Over $420,000 of the $3 million in funding will be distributed across the Hudson Valley. 
Funding distribution breakdown: 
  • Westchester County: Research Foundation for SUNY Purchase, $99,480 
  • Orange County: Town of Chester, $12,136
  • Rockland County: Town of Clarkstown, $67,500
  • Sullivan County: Cornell Cooperative Extension, $71,368
  • Dutchess County: Bard College, $80,379
  • Ulster County: Mohonk Preserve, Inc., $90,000
The grants are part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Invasive Species Grant Program, which provides funds for both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species spread mitigation, early detection and rapid response, lake management planning, research, education and outreach. 
Hochul says the funds reiterate the state's commitment to protect waterways, forest lands, and agricultural crops from dangerous invasive species, while also protecting the economy and public health.
The funding comes as New York has continued to battle the invasive spotted lanternflies for the past few years.