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DNR stresses invasive species prevention

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources urges the public to pay close attention to the environment for Invasive Species Action Month. Invasive species are plants, animals, or diseases that are not native to Wisconsin; these species can potentially cause a lot of harm to the environment. When these species become a big problem, the DNR does take steps to try and eradicate them. However, the DNR asks that residents and people visiting do their best to prevent these invasive species from entering our environment. Tara Bergeson, the DNR Invasive Species Team Coordinator, explains how vital prevention is when dealing with these invasive species.

 

 

The DNR suggests some prevention tips:

-Hikers and campers should clean mud and dirt off their shoes and remove seeds and burs from their clothing before visiting other places. 

-Boaters should inspect gear for dirt, mud, seeds, and other debris and remove as much as possible.

-Gardeners are encouraged to plant and promote beautiful native plants that can benefit pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.

 

Gardeners should also look for plants that are not native to this state and dispose of them by putting them in a plastic bag and labeling them as invasive. Identifying these invasive species can sometimes be tricky; however, the DNR has resources to help with knowing which plants are native and not. For information on whether a species is invasive or not, go to the DNR's invasive species webpages or send an email to invasive.species@wisconsin.gov 

 

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