DNR Q & A: Preventing spread of invasive species

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:


Q. What can I do to prevent the spread of invasive species when I’m out on the trails this spring?​

A. Whether you are hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or off-highway vehicle, it’s important to make sure you don’t accidently move invasive species from place to place. The “PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks” campaign offers these simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals:

• Remove plants, animals and mud from boots, gear, pets and vehicles.

• Clean your gear before entering and leaving the recreation site.

• Stay on designated roads and trails.

• Use certified or local firewood and hay.

By following these steps, you can help protect your favorite recreation spot from invasive species.

— Laura Van Riper, DNR terrestrial invasive species coordinator


For more information, call the DNR information line at 296-6157 or go to the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

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