How to Get Involved With Invasive Species Prevention

You can help prevent invasive species from spreading, and keep new invasions from starting.

Educate Yourself, Family and Neighbors

Learn to recognize the common invaders in your area and keep an eye out for signs of new ones. You can start by reviewing these two references. Then check the areas around your home, work, and recreation sites to locate any potential infestations.

Let your local nursery grower know about your concerns about invasive species. Inquire about the source of plants you buy.

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 know about local infestations and discuss management op


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Find an Event In Your Community

In communities everywhere, people are working together to stop the spread of invasive species. Use our invasive species events map to find an event in your area.

Join a Local Control Project

A number of rural landowners have joined together in Cooperative Weed Management Areas or CWMAs to address a local invasive weed problem. Check with your city or county representative to see if there is one in your area. Also inquire about potential funding options. Neighborhood organizations have been a great way to tackle infestations in a local park or green space area. Examples include "buckthorn busters" and garlic mustard harvesting by active neighbors. Check with your neighborhood organization or city representative to see about projects you could join or even start.

Host an Invasive Species Prevention Event

Plan an event in your community to get recreationists involved in preventing the spread of invasive species. Here are some ideas:

  • PlayCleanGo Day event
  • Weed buster events
  • Invasive Survey volunteer kits

Let PlayCleanGo promote your event! Add your event to our interactive map by clicking here. 


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