Ways to Get Involved
How You Can Help
Invasive species are a global problem. Everyone can play a part in preventing the introduction and spread of. Here are a few ways you can help.
- Remove plants, seeds, animals and mud from boots, pets, gear and vehicles before and after exploring.
- Check all your gear. Non-native seeds can stick to your pack, socks, shoes, pants cuffs or your pet’s fur.
- Stay on designated trails and roads to reduce disturbance and minimize contact with invasive plants. Do not camp or travel through areas infested with invasive plants.
- Do not release unwanted pets or dump the contents of an unwanted aquarium into the wild. In most states this is illegal.
- Don't move firewood. Invasive, tree-killing forest pests are often unintentionally released into to new areas when people travel with firewood. Help protect trees from disease by using only local firewood or wood that has been sterilized via certified heat-treatment. Similarly, use only local hay.
- Stop aquatic hitchhikers! Clean and drain your boat and gear before leaving a site. Dry everything for five days or more, unless otherwise required by local or state laws, when moving between waters. This kills small invasive species that are not easily seen.
- Keep the adventure and leave the invasive species. PlayCleanGo!
- Plant native bushes, flowers and grasses in gardens to encourage biodiversity. Whenever possible, use only native plants that are appropriate for your region.
Where to Learn More
- Department of the Interior Invasive Species Overview
- Department of the Interior Invasive Species Strategic Plan (PDF)
- Executive Orders Related to Invasive Species
- USDA National Invasive Species Information Center
- Invasive Species Lists by Region and State
- Habitattitude: Making Wise Choices to Protect the Environment from Invasive Species
- Clean Drain Dry Initiative: Leading the Fight Against Invasive Species
- Take Me Fishing: What Anglers Can Do to Help Curb Invasive Species
- Plant Native
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- National Wildlife Federation: Invasive Species
- Invasive.org: Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
- Invasive Species Information for Kids (and Educators)