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How to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

You can stop the spread of invasive species and prevent the establishment of new invasives.

Educate yourself, your family, and your neighbors.

Early detection is critical to stopping the spread of invasive species. Learn to recognize the common invaders in your area (start with our Watch Out! Weed ID cards) and keep an eye out for signs of new ones. You can start by reviewing the following two references. Then check the areas around your home, work, and recreation sites to locate any potential infestations.

When on outings, share your knowledge with your family. Teach them how to identify invasive species and how to avoid spreading them.

Let your neighborhood organization or your local invasive species experts know about local infestations and discuss management options.

Let your local nursery grower know about your concerns about invasive species. Some plants are marketed as “bird friendly” or “attractive to pollinators” even if they’re nonnative, and have the potential to become invasive. Research the species name to determine if it is native to your area before planting.

Find an Invasive Species Event In Your Community

In communities everywhere, people are working together to stop the spread of invasive species. Find a PlayCleanGo Ambassador event in your area:

Purchase the PlayCleanGo Toolkit For Your Organization

Looking to try using PlayCleanGo in your education and outreach materials? You can purchase our $25 PlayCleanGo starter kit. The kit includes six PlayCleanGo logo files, brand guidelines, and permission to use the logo marks for one year from the date of your purchase. If your agency or institution requires an invoice to process payments, please continue through the checkout process, select “Check payment,” and print the confirmation email as your invoice.

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