Everyone can all take a stand against invasive plant species. Here is a list of things you can do:
- Learn to identify invasive species and teach others.
- Scout annually for invasive plants.
- Report any sightings of invasive species to the appropriate places.
- Regularly clean your boots, gear, boat, tires and any other equipment you use outdoors to remove plant particles that may spread invasive species to new places.
- Discover alternatives in your landscape. To help you find a non-invasive alternative to an invasive landscape plant, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) has created an app for your smart phone which you are welcome to download for free. Promote responsible gardening, consider planting natives as alternatives.
- Remove invasive exotic plants from your landscape. Remove invasive exotics
before they are a problem, when densities are low.
- Buy nursery-propagated native plants. Never dig or buy plants that
have been dug in the wild.
- Minimize landscape disturbance and promote healthy native plant communities.
- Avoid using garden plants from other regions whose invasive potential is poorly
understood. In addition to potential threats to natural areas, some exotics
become pests in carefully managed landscapes and gardens.
- Learn about Invasive Species Best Management Practices at the Wisconsin Council on Forestry website.
- Support organizations such as IPAW.
IPAW is working to educate and raise awareness about the threat posed by
invasive exotics. Volunteer to serve on a committee or a working study group. Support IPAW!
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