Conservation at Home

Help Stop the Spread Where You Are

Invasive species are not just a problem in national parks — they're a problem worldwide. Stopping the spread of invasive species requires vigilance in all communities. You can help stop the spread by following these prevention measures.
a regional native pollinator planting guide for the midwest region

Here are some ways you can help:

Don’t let it loose!

Do no further harm by not releasing your pets into the wild or dumping aquariums into waterways.

Choose native plants.

Replace any non-native plants in your garden or landscaping with native plants. Check in with the staff at your local plant nursery or native plant society for help choosing plants native to your area. Help pollinators while you’re at it with these pollinator planting guides.

Identify and remove invasive plants from your home.

Every little bit helps! Use these regional or state lists to help you get to know the invasive species in your area.

Buy local.

Help reduce the possibility of spreading pests on the food that you buy by choosing to buy local produce. It will also help fight climate change!

Three people clean, drain, and dry an inflatable raft

Stop the spread when you recreate in your community or in parks.

There are a variety of simple steps that you can take to ensure you are not transporting invasive species on your adventures. Some of key steps are:

  • Don't move firewood. Buy it where you burn it.
  • Play, Clean, Go. Clean your gear, especially your boots, before and after you recreate.
  • Clean, Drain, Dry after you recreate in or on the water to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Find out more about preventing the spread of invasive species when you recreate.

Last updated: June 7, 2023