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New York allocates $3M to battle invasive species threats

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As the state grapples with threats from invasive species like the spotted lanternfly, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched its third round of the Invasive Species Grant Program. 

Offering $3 million in grants, the program focuses on both aquatic threats, such as the Eurasian watermilfoil, and terrestrial menaces, including the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. These funds are designed to not only tackle current infestations but also to implement preventive measures against potential future invaders.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball emphasized the program’s pivotal role in safeguarding New York’s agricultural and natural resources. 

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Grants vary from $11,000 to a maximum of $200,000, spanning six areas including aquatic invasive species prevention, early detection, lake management, research, and public education. 

Applications, open exclusively for projects within New York with an emphasis on public lands, waters, and community engagement, will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 through the New York State Grants Gateway System.