How Invasive Species Threaten Recreational Areas

Illustration of a girl with an invasive species in her beach bag

What are invasive species?

  • Invasive species are non-native plants, animals or diseases that cause harm to human health, the economy, or the environment
  • They compete with native species and can reduce habitat for wildlife and game species
  • Invasive plants threaten recreational areas and hunting sites by encroaching on trails and reducing biodiversity for wildlife
  • They are difficult and expensive to control and can spread quickly

How to Stop the Spread

Someone brushing their dog to remove any unwanted invasive species
Someone cleaning the bottoms of their shoes to remove any unwanted invasive species
  • Inspect and remove plants, seeds and dirt from the following before leaving the area
    • Shoes
    • Clothing
    • Dogs
    • Equipment
  • Stay on existing trails and roadways
  • Learn to identify invasive plants and insects which occur in your area
Graphic of places invasive species could come with you on your vacation
Don't let invasive species hitch a ride!