New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST)

Address

PO Box 5752
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
County: Somerset
http://www.njisst.org

Contact

Ms. Susan Brookman

Grant Amount

$15,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support to coordinate the identification and eradication of emerging invasive species to safeguard natural resources and the ecological and economic value of preserved public and private land.

Organization Background

Our mission is to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species -- plants, animals and pathogens -- across New Jersey. We do this by harnessing the stewardship potential of public and private land stewards to search for emerging invasive species, map locations where populations are detected and eradicate the invasive species that we find. We administer a data clearinghouse, prepare an annual catalog of invasive species present in and around our state, prioritize problem species, provide training for land stewards and property owners, furnish a free smartphone app to help users identify and report invasive species, coordinate detection and eradication programs and share our experience with the public.

The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team started as a localized project in 2008 to track and control the spread of emerging invasive species in the central part of the state. Strong interest prompted us to organize as a statewide non-profit organization in 2011. In the ensuing years we have coordinated the work of nearly 300 partners and conducted over 200 programs to inform more than 5,000 members of the public about the problems that stem from invasive species and teach them how to identify the species of most concern. With our partners, between 2011 and 2014 we conducted early detection surveys on over 564,182 acres of land, identified 6,492 populations of emerging invasive species and completely eradicated 1,271 of those populations. Our partners include Federal, state, county and municipal government entities, non-profit conservation groups, consulting scientists, community-based groups such as garden clubs, native plant nurseries and private citizens.

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