Invasive species: Give ’em the Brush-Off
Published: Monday, August 1, 2016
Does your work take you to several outdoor sites in one day? Do you fish or hunt at different locations in the same week? If so, your actions could be considered high-risk for spreading invasive species around the state.
How does it happen?
“Frequent travel or visiting high-traffic areas can increase the likelihood of coming in contact with invasive plants, animals and insects, and that contact can easily lead to their spread, if you’re not careful,” said Ryan Wheeler, a terrestrial invasive species biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The good news? Anyone involved in recreation, construction, farming, forestry or other outdoor pursuits can adopt some simple steps to safely remove invasive species from clothing, gear and vehicles.
Want to learn more? Take a few minutes to watch this new video that briefly explains the best ways to look for and remove invasive species.
Why does it matter?
Whether for work or play, the forests, fields, lakes, rivers and other outdoor spaces we visit have meaning. These places may be connected to our livelihoods or offer opportunities for leisure, or maybe we’d like to return there one day to share these special places with family and friends. Taking time now to practice good stewardship can help preserve Michigan’s world-class natural resources and environmental landscape for future generations.
What can you do?
Share this email and video link with others: neighborhood and lake associations, friends and family, co-workers, etc. If sharing on social media, please use the tag #NotMiSpecies.
Watch these short companion videos, Invasive Species: The Basics and Invasive Species: Stopping the Spread, to find out more.
Visit Michigan's invasive species website and learn more about what to watch for and how to respond.
Believe that you can make a difference, and remember these easy tips.