National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 22-28, 2015
Participate in 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:
- National Invasive Species Achievement Awards Ceremony
- Reception on Capitol Hill
- NISAW Fair
- Invasive Species Kids Day
- National Association of Invasive Plant Councils Webinars
- Southern IPM Center Webinars
- Environmental Law Institute Webinar
- Promo Programa Foro y Casa Abierta
Registration for the NISAW events in Washington DC is available here
Registration and Archive for the NAIPC webinars is available here
Registration for the IPM Center webinars is available here
View the IPM Center webinars here
Registration for the Reception on Capitol Hill is available here
Registration for the Invasive Species and Climate Change: Addressing the Intersecting Drivers of Ecosystem Transformation is available 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."
Nine Ways You Can Help
- Learn about invasive species, especially those found in your region. Your county extension office and the National Invasive Species Information Center are both trusted resources.
- 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 PlayCleanGo.org
- Avoid dumping aquariums or live bait into waterways. Learn more at Habitattitude.org
- Don't move firewood - instead, buy it where you'll burn it, or gather on site when permitted. Learn more at DontMoveFirewood.org
- Use forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as "weed free."
- Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invaders.
- Report new or expanded invasive species outbreaks to authorities. Here is a state-by-state list of contacts
- Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas.
- Ask your political representatives at the state, local and national level to support invasive species control efforts.