Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Voyageurs National Park Release New Short Film to Combat Invasive Species

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Date: May 15, 2013
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN: Some of the most remote, and scenic natural areas in the United States are found in Northern Minnesota, but that does not mean they are immune to the threat of invasive species.

Voyageurs National Park in partnership with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative just completed a short film about the risk invasive species pose to natural landscapes. "These areas are beautiful, people want to see them, and that's what makes them vulnerable to the accidental spread of aggressive non-native plants and animals," shared Marcus Key Invasive Species Communications Coordinator.

This film, shot on location, in Voyagers National Park, is about the damage an accidentally introduced animal could cause to an ecosystem, and gives how-to steps to prevent introduction and spread. 

"Use of the web and other social media is a key component to informing the visitor before they get to our parks, expressed Carmen Chapin, film contributor and Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team Liaison. "Prevention is the most cost effective strategy in protecting America's favorite places from invasive species."

The film is available on the park website at

This educational effort includes the National Park Services Call to Action item - Go Digital as well asposters, billboards, boot brush stations, rack cards, displays, interpretive kiosks, and junior ranger activities funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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