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Invasives Strike Force

New York - New Jersey Trail Conference Invasives Strike Force

Started in 2011, the Invasives Strike Force (ISF) is a project born out of the ideas, learning, and experiences of a project between the Trail Conference and Rutgers University. 

The goals of the ISF include:

  • Collecting information about what invasive plants exist and how abundant they are along our trails
  • Using that information to identify areas where the removal of invasive species will allow us to prevent them from spreading into un-invaded communities
  • Scheduling ISF trail crew work at those target locations and working to prevent and reverse the invasion along our trails

Seasonal ISF Conservation Corps Crew also conducts removals around the Lower Hudson region and serves as the Lower Hudson PRISM's rapid response crew.

Become an ISF volunteer

Surveying volunteers

  • Attend a 1-day training to learn how to identify 14 common invasive plants, how to collect data and how to use a GPS
  • You will be assigned a trail section (~2 miles long)
  • Walk the trail while identifying and mapping these invaisve plants.

Removal volunteers

  • Removal volunteers are members of the Invasives Strike Force Trail Crew which holds removal workdays around the region. Volunteers learn on-the-job and anyone can participate.

For more information, visit the NY-NJ Trail Conference website.