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Invasive Species


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Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks

Everybody has a role to play in stopping the advance of invasive species – those plants, animals and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area and wreak havoc outside their normal range.

A new campaign called PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks is a clear call to action to people who are regularly outdoors, whether working or recreating. PlayCleanGo complements the ongoing Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers campaign.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a partner in PlayCleanGo, along with more than 160 conservation groups nationwide. Together they are calling on the public to:

  • Be informed, attentive and accountable for preventing the spread of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.
  • Arrive to recreational sites with clean gear.
  • Burn and use local or certified firewood, mulch, decorative rocks and soil.
  • Use local or weed-free hay.
  • Stay on the trails.
  • Clean gear before leaving, including removing mud and seeds.

Homeowners are encouraged to learn about and use native plants in their yards. Workers are advised to burn wood waste that may harbor plant pests from another part of the country or world.

When you sign on as a partner, you receive a free welcome kit with educational materials and access to additional materials including signs, brochures and banners. Your organization’s logo can easily be added to materials, along with messaging to fit your local situation. More information: www.playcleango.org.