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Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joanne Foreman for the information in this story.)

The Michigan Invasive Species Program is joining the North American Invasive Species Management Association to promote PlayCleanGo Awareness Week, taking place this year through June 8. The annual event aims to educate outdoor enthusiasts on the importance of stopping the spread of invasive species while enjoying the great outdoors.

“Nearly 50% of endangered or threatened fish, wildlife and plants are at risk due to invasive species, which people unintentionally spread with their boots, tires, boats, firewood, pets, horses and more,” said Joanne Foreman, Invasive Species Program communications coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources. “But the good news is, by taking a few easy steps, everyone spending time in nature can be part of the solution.”

On every outdoor adventure remember to:

Clean footwear with a boot brush.

Remove invasive plants and dispose properly.

Pick seeds and burrs off clothes and gear.

Clean mud and seeds from dogs and horses.

Hose off bikes or all-terrain vehicles with water or compressed air.

Clean, drain and dry boats, and dispose of any invasive plants.

Don’t move firewood; buy it where you burn it.

Get involved

Several state parks across Michigan are hosting volunteer stewardship workdays during PlayCleanGo Awareness Week and are looking for help to remove invasive plants and protect important habitat.

June 7

Waterloo Recreation Area (Jackson and Washtenaw counties) – Join as we team up with the local Jackson, Lenawee, Washtenaw Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area to control garlic mustard.


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