Prevent Protect Restore
Invasive species affect all of us. They cause reduction in property values, increase fire hazard, destroy habitat for native wildlife and birds, reduce populations of native species, accelerate soil erosion and stream sedimentation, reduce crop yield and quality, increase cost for crop production, impact recreational opportunities and they take away from the beauty of the landscape. Some simple steps you can take will help to prevent new infestations, protect our resources and restore healthy plant communities. Here's how.......
Play Clean Go
You can help to reduce the spread of invasive plants!
Check yourself, pets and equipment for seeds and plant parts and dispose of them in the garbage. Wash the undercarriage of vehicles and equipment. Stay on existing trails. Avoid parking or turning around in infested areas. Check hay and stray before you purchase it for invasive plants and use only weed free hay or pellets when you are riding in the wilderness. Arrive with clean gear. Before leaving, remove mud and seeds. We are lucky to live in the beautiful Boundary country! Lets get out there and enjoy it!
Protect Our Waters!
Water is one of the most important resources on the planet. A few simple steps can help to protect our waters from invasive species! Wash your boat and all gear, especially waders, after you have been out. Remove all plants and animals from boats and gear. Drain all water from your boat, trailer, tackle and gear before leaving an area. Invasive aquatic plants can choke waterways and have major impacts on native wildlife and fish. Do not dump your aquarium into an aquatic ecosystem.
Don't Let It Loose!
Invasive animals are sometimes released by their owners who don't want them anymore. Red-eared slider turtles are one of the most common types sold in pet stores. They can live to be about 50 years old. Are you ready for that type of commitment? European fire ants are sometimes spread in potting soil. Zebra and Quagga mussels can attach to your boat and can survive several days out of the water. Dumping aquarium plants and animals into a water body could start not only start new populations but also spread diseases. Goldfish were introduced to Saddle Lake in Grand Forks this way. American bullfrogs were brought to Vancouver to be used in the restaurant industry but they escaped to colonize wetlands!