National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 22-28, 2015

Master Agenda

A week of events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales. Locate an invasive species event in your state or county.

Plan to attend events during NISAW 2015 in Washington DC, online, or in your state:

Archive for the NAIPC webinars is available here

Archive for IPM Center webinars here

View the Weed Wrangle 2015: A Template for Engaging Local Communities through a Citywide Invasive Plant Event webinar here

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 22-28. And according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it's a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

Invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens.

"Though the impact of invasive species is profound, there are important steps we can take to manage infestations and prevent their spread," says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., director of science policy for the WSSA. "It all begins with awareness."

USDA Grants Workbook FY2014

USDA APHIS - Media Advisory for NISAW

Nine Ways You Can Help

  1. Learn about invasive species, especially those found in your region. Your county extension officeand the National Invasive Species Information Center are both trusted resources.
  2. Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location. Learn more at
  3. Avoid dumping aquariums or live bait into waterways. Learn more at
  4. Don't move firewood - instead, buy it where you'll burn it, or gather on site when permitted. Learn more at
  5. Use forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as "weed free."
  6. Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invaders.
  7. Report new or expanded invasive species outbreaks to authorities. Here is a state-by-state list of contacts
  8. Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas.
  9. Ask your political representatives at the state, local and national level to support invasive species control efforts.

Ten Ways to Observe

Sample Proclamation Declaring National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Plant Heroes

Communicating about terrestrial invasive species:

Don't Move Firewood


Hungry Pests

Upcoming Events add event

Invasive Species Awareness: Exhibits - Posters - Symposium, April 14-15, 2015: agenda




For More Information

Dr. Lee Van Wychen
Chris Dionigi
National Invasive Species Council