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How Can You Help?

TPW Magazine, January 2010
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There are many things you can do to help stem the tide of invasive species. Here are just a few ways you can take action and get involved:

Join a Citizen Scientist Program

Working out in the field can be a very rewarding way to combat invasive species. Whether you are collecting scientific data to be used by local, state, or national agencies and organizations or actually helping get rid of the invasive plants and animals, you will be able to see up close and personal the impacts of invasive species and the results of your efforts. Go to our Citizen Scientist Page.

Do Not be a Vehicle of Dispersion

Most invasive species are introduced by humans accidentally. Learn how to prevent carrying invasive species on your boats, cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and socks and hiking boots.

Garden Wisely

Avoid plants that self seed and show up outside of your garden. Do not use weedy volunteers from parks and abandoned lots. Most non-native species are okay; the invasive species are the ones to avoid. Planting a native species garden can be very rewarding. There are many resources to help with creating low-maintenance and colorful native plant gardens such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Information Network. Also visit the PlantWise website for easy tips on how to manage your garden to preserve the unique qualities of neighboring wildlands.

Educate Yourself

Learn more about invasive species by exploring our website and the related links.

Educate Others

Tell your friends and family what you have learned and let your local nursery grower know your concerns if they are selling invasive species.

Tips from The Nature Conservancy

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