The management of invasive species has been an ongoing struggle for land stewards. In general, control of already widespread invasive species is not possible beyond select, intensive efforts. Most land stewards agree that existing control efforts are a ‘drop in the bucket’ relative to the enormity of the problem. The strategy of Early Detection & Rapid Response is an efficient strategy to eliminate or minimize future adverse impacts at the landscape scale. It carries the hopeful message that we can “prevent the next Japanese barberry” and reduce future ecological degradation.
The Strike Team serves as the organizing entity to focus cooperative efforts between partners. Partners have access to numerous benefits, including training on identification and eradication of invasive species and access to our database. Under the guidance and support of NJISST, partners search open space, report detections of emerging invasive species and initiate eradication efforts on the land they are responsible for managing. NJISST pledges to assist in these efforts, either through direct physical support or through shared expertise or in-kind resources.
We encourage any public or private agency, organization, business, or individual to contact us about joining the Strike Team partnership. We welcome new members and volunteers.
Together, we can Nip Invasive Species in the Bud!
A special thanks goes to those who fund our cause.
- National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
- Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
- Conservation Resources Inc.
- The Watershed Institute
- Cape Branch Foundation
- Conserve Wildlife Foundation & NJ Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Defender of Wildlife - Living Lands Project
- Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
- Highlands Coalition
- Johanette Wallerstein Institute
- Leavens Foundation
- Merck and Co. - Champions for the Environment
- Raritan Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership
- The 1772 Foundation
- The Bunbury Company
- Washington Crossing Audubon Society