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There are many things you can do to help prevent the spread of Invasive species- Get Involved and Take Action!

 

Here are some easy action steps you can take as a trail user, fisherman, hunter, camper or outdoor enthusiast.

Trail Users  

Whether walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or off highway vehicle OHV (ATV /UTV or motorbike), it’s important to make sure you don’t accidently move invasive species from place to place.  Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

1.      Start clean  Before leaving home, take a little time to inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles.

2.      Stay on designated trails  Stay on the designated trail when walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV.

3.      Leave clean  Before leaving, inspect your belongings and remove any dirt, plants, or bugs. Invasive plant seeds can be stuck on you, your pets, or equipment.

Horseback riding; When horseback riding, use weed-free hay. When using hay for other purposes and weed free hay is not available, use straw because it is less likely to carry weed seeds. Weed seeds in infested hay can be blown offsite as you move down the road or be left behind in animal waste.

For resources see AISC’s PlayCleanGo 

 

Campers

Whether you use a tent, trailer, RV or nothing but the clear blue sky, it is important to not accidentally move invasive species from place to place, particularly in firewood. Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

1.      Come clean  Before leaving home, take a little time to inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles.

2.   Buy it Where you Burn it – Use only local or certified firewood   Before camping, check for any firewood instructions or restrictions at your intended campsite. Shop ahead of time to locate a recommended source of firewood near or at your campsite.  Burn all of the wood you bring or leave it with the campsite host. Do not transport elm firewood into Alberta, and do not transport pine wood infested by live mountain pine beetles.  For more information Don’t Move Firewood

3.      Stay on designated trails  Stay on the designated trail when walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV.

4.      Leave clean   Before leaving, inspect your belongings and remove any dirt, plants, or bugs. Invasive plant seeds can be stuck on you, your pets, or equipment. Likewise, pests that attack trees can hide in firewood that you bring home.

  

Off Highway Vehicles (OHV)

Whether riding your ATV, UTV, motorbike or other OHV, it’s important to make sure you don’t accidently move invasive species from place to place.  Here is a few easy steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

1. Come Clean  Before leaving home, take a little time to inspect and remove dirt, plants and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets and vehicles.

 

2. Stay on designated trails  Stay on the designated trail when riding your ATV, UTV, motorbike or OHV.

3. Leave clean  Before leaving, inspect your belongings and remove any dirt, plants or bugs.  Invasive plant seeds can be stuck on you, your pets or equipment.

4. Parking lots and loading/staging sites  Before loading your ATV, UTV, motorbike or OHV onto your truck or trailer, make sure you have cleaned off mud, soil, plant material or seeds in a properly designated cleaning site or wash area.  Weed seeds and other invasive plant species in plant material, soil or mud can be blown off site or transported off site as you move down the road to new sites or arrive at home.

 

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