“Invasive species. You’ve probably heard the term, but what exactly does it mean? And how is it different than terms like non-native species or pests? …Does it have to do with a certain amount of damage? Or is it just a species that left its own habitat?”
Before park visits, one should check for current invasive species issues through the park’s website or at the visitor center and consider using short gaiters to prevent seed attachment to clothing. Cleaning boots and shoes, avoiding transportation of pests in food and agricultural items, using weed-free feed for pack animals, and refraining from bringing external firewood are fundamental precautions.
After outdoor activities, individuals should wash their vehicles, shake out camping gear, clean their pets if the animals have been in the park, and inspect their shoes and boots for dirt and plant materials.
Adhering to the “Clean, Drain, Dry” protocol for boats and equipment, correctly disposing of unused bait, and promptly reporting invasive species sightings all contribute to preserving the park’s ecosystem.
Contribute to halting the spread of invasive species within national parks, as well as where you live: Responsible pet ownership is essential; refrain from releasing pets into the wild or emptying aquariums into waterways.
With the help of regional lists, raise awareness about invasive species by identifying and removing them from where you live. Embrace native plant advocacy by replacing non-native species in your garden. Local resources can provide guidance.
Additionally, support local produce to reduce the potential spread of pests and to help combat climate change.
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