by Marcus Wolf, NNY360.com

PULASKI — A regional group can double down on its fight against invasive animals and plants after receiving twice as much financial support from a new state contract.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently awarded a four-and-a-half-year contract that will provide $3.7 million to an extension of the Nature Conservancy, the St. Lawrence–Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership For Regional Invasive Species Management, or SLELO PRISM, to curtail the spread of nonnative species in forests, lakes and rivers. Funds from the new contract exceed the $1.5 million from the previous deal said Jim Howe, the Central and Western New York director for the Nature Conservancy.

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