APIPP hosts numerous presentations and events about invasive species and provides at least 3 trainings per summer to landowners on how to manage invasive plants on their own properties. Since APIPP focuses most of its management in areas of high conservation value or on infestations that have high spread potential, the residential areas of the PRISM receive little management. These trainings increase community awareness of invasive species issues, help combat misinformation about herbicide use, and empower property owners to address invasive plant problems on their own properties. APIPP also coordinates with the other seven NYS PRISMs and NYSDEC on New York State’s annual invasive species awareness week, hosts a biweekly seasonal blog, and has reached over 11,000 people through formal presentations alone between 2009 and 2015.
APIPP hires a seasonal educator who oversees their education and outreach efforts and serves as a liaison to private property owners to assist in obtaining treatment permissions for private property. APIPP developed education and outreach materials to complement this position, including invasive plant best management practice guidelines for home owners, which summarizes information regarding species identification and management techniques, as well as invasive plant door hangers that are designed to be left on a property owner’s door when an infestation has been observed on their property but no one is home. When response teams are conducting road corridor surveys, landowners are often approached directly when infestations are identified on their property. If infestations on private property are identified as a priority for management, APIPP covers treatment costs.
Since road corridors and their maintenance serve as primary conduits for spreading non-native Phragmites, APIPP attends and presents at NYSDOT/highway department trainings, conducts site visits, and coordinates management activities with highway department staff. APIPP maps and flags large infestations along the road corridor for DOT to manage. All of this management data is tracked in the WIMS database. APIPP also collaborated with NYSDOT to produce an invasive plant best management practices document for road corridors.