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Whether boating, birding, biking, or hiking – please take care to avoid carrying any “hitchhiking” plants or animals with you. Here are some quick tips to help prevent the spread!


Aquatic Invasive Plants

IMG_0064•  Use native plants in ornamental ponds and water gardens.
•  Check and remove all clinging plants from watercraft, gear, and equipment after each use.
•  Avoid boating, paddling, or swimming through dense plant beds.
•  Never release aquaria plants into the wild.


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•  Clean, drain, and dry all boating, angling, and recreational gear before moving between waterways.
•  Never transport uncertified baitfish between waters.
•  Always dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not the ground.
•  Never release unwanted species from home aquariums.
•  Never release live seafood into the wild.

Terrestrial Invasive Plants

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• Landscape with native plants.
•  Read labels when planting seed mixes; they may include invasive plants.
•  Remove invasive plants from your property.
•  Never compost terrestrial invasive plants.
•  Clean boots and clothes after hiking.
•  Clean tread and tires of vehicles, gear, and equipment.
•  Avoid picking roadside wildflowers, which may transport seeds.
•  Know your source: use weed-free seed, mulch, topsoil, and fill.


Terrestrial Invasive Animals

Emerald ash borer trap. Photo by Bill, New England Photos

Emerald ash borer trap. Photo by Bill, New England Photos

•  Use firewood local to the area you are visiting.
•  Clean gear and outdoor recreation equipment after each use.
•  Buy and plant only native nursery trees.
•  Be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of pest damage on trees.
•  Never release unwanted pets into the wild.


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