10 Ways to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

  1. Keep an eye out for invasive species when exploring the outdoors
  2. Report invasive species observations to
  3. Clean or brush off boots and hiking gear to remove trapped seeds and plants.
  4. When choosing plants for your garden, purchase native species.
  5. Crossing the Border? Leave plants, seeds and fruits behind when crossing the border.
  6. Clean. Drain. Dry. your boating and fishing equipment.
  7. Take the bait! Emptying your bait bucket into natural waterways can spread invasives.
  8. Have a good Habitattitude! Never release unwanted pets or aquarium plants into natural waterways.
  9. Don’t Move Firewood (more than 50 miles)… may be transporting invasive insects, too.
  10. Roll up your sleeves and join in a local invasives removal event.

Interested in Volunteering? 

I've never heard of invasive species before but want to learn moreI've hear of invasive species but aren't familiar with manyI know of specific invasives that threaten my areaI'm an expert

I like to hikeI like to snowshoe/cross country skiI fish oftenI go out on motorized boatsI like to canoe/kayak

Surveying for and reporting invasive speciesAid removal efforts of terrestrial/aquatic invasive speciesPledge to grow natives over exotic species in my gardenDeploy and monitor emerald ash borer tree trapsCollect water samples to detect aquatic invasive speciesRaise boater awareness of invasive species at boat launchesCollect invasive plants to press for our specimen collectionConduct an online search for amenities to add to our databaseHelp bundle brochures and prep outreach material

Fanwort (an aquatic invasive plant)Tench (invasive fish)spotted lanternfly (invasive insect that threatens our beer, wine and agricultural industry)emerald ash borer (invasive insect that kills ash trees)hemlock woolly adelgid (invasive insect that kills hemlock trees)all of the aboveother

I use iMapInvasivesI use iNaturalistI am not familiar with these and would like to learn more.

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Rob Williams
PRISM Coordinator

Megan Pistolese
Outreach and Education

Brittney Rogers
Aquatic Invasive Species

Robert Smith
Terrestrial Invasive Species