Lands & Trails Protectors

Whether you like to hike, camp, or just enjoy your own land there is just something about spending time outdoors that makes you feel alive. That feeling alone is worth protecting.  

Invasive species threaten the health of the lands and trails you enjoy. Some of the activities you enjoy while being outdoors may unintentionally spread invasives to your favorite lands and trails. 

You can protect your favorite hiking trails and lands by following the steps below. 

Agreeing to take these actions awards you this Lands & Trails Protectors Badge. 

Download this image and share it on social media to show how you’re a Lands & Trails Protector! To download, right-click the image and select “save as” to save it to your device. Then upload it on social media – tag @sleloprisminvasives or use hashtag #iPledgeToProtect.

Simple Steps

  • Don’t move firewood. Don’t bring firewood from home when you camp. Tree-killing bugs can be inside the wood. Instead, buy firewood near the campsite.
  • Clean your gear before and after a hike. A handheld boot brush works well! 
  • Stay on marked and/or designated trails to keep invasive species populations localized for easier management and prevent introduction to new areas.
  • Check your vehicle and outdoor gear for signs of hitchhiking bugs or egg masses. Insects like spotted lanternflies can easily hitchhike or lay eggs on vehicles and gear. Remove and dispose of anything that looks like an egg mass or live insect. 

Know Your Invasives

Learn to recognize invasive species you may encounter on lands and trails. 


The resources below provide general management techniques that can be used to control invasive species on your property. 

Get Involved

Report invasives found on lands and trails and assist early detection efforts. 

Aid Regional Early Detection Efforts

Searching for invasive species populations in an effort to detect their presence before their populations become too large to manage is vital to reducing the impacts of invasive species on our natural ecosystems.

Click the link below to learn more about the species we’re enhancing early detection efforts for and to join our invasive species Volunteer Surveillance Network to aid this effort (training will be provided). 

Report Invasive Species

NYiMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.

 Click the links below to become familiar with iMap

Join a statewide early detection effort for spotted lanternfly and tree of heaven by adopting a grid square to survey for these species through iMapInvasives. 


Watch webinars, view brochures and other resources to help you protect your lands and trails from invasive species. 


Protect the trees you love from tree-killing bugs.  Learn about firewood regulations and where to get local firewood. 

Travel and static boot brushes, signage, and much more to help you keep your gear clean on the go. 

NYiMapInvasives.org is the official invasive species database for New York State. Professionals and community scientists alike can utilize this platform to report and obtain distribution data for invasives across the state. 

An essential guide to enjoying US National Parks responsibly. 

An easy-to-use mobile app that helps you identify native and invasive plants and animals. 

A community science-based platform where you can share observations of plants and animals with a community of naturalists and discuss your findings. 


Download this beautiful poster and brochure developed by our partners at the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP PRISM). 

Learn about invasive terrestrial plants and native look-alikes.

View a checklist of places to search for spotted lanternfly and egg masses on your vehicle and other gear. 

The Invasive Plant Management Decision Analysis Tool (IPMDAT) helps natural resource managers to determine if an invasive plant control project is likely to be successful and if it warrants an investment of their agency’s or organizations resources.


Our partners at the Lower Hudson PRISM have made excellent identification videos on YouTube.

Check out this playlist with a variety of invasive terrestrial plants you may encounter.