1. Be on the lookout for invasive species
Learn to identify invasive species, and report them when they are new to an area or
expanding into natural areas. Land managers do not always have the resources to thoroughly
inventory every invasive species on public lands making your contribution extremely
valuable. If you come across a suspected invasive species take pictures that will
aid in identification and good locations notes. You can submit pictures and locations
of invasive species many ways. UAF hosts a mobile application Alaska Weeds ID
, and an online pest reporter
. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also has an online invasive species reporting page
, and they host a number 1-877-invasiv. You can also take your pictures, specimens,
and location information to a local Cooperative Extension Service
office. Avoid collecting species that may be dangerous or could spread to new areas
as you take them to an appropriate place to report it. Pictures are often the safer
route to go. you do not know and don’t grow them.
2. Landscape with non-invasive plants, and don't release unwanted pets
Gardeners may be tempted to use beautiful plants that are terrible pests once they
escape into the wild. The Cooperative Extension Service has a listing of native plants
that grow in your area. Contact your local office for more information.
Likewise a pet such as goldfish or turtles that get too big, or can't be moved with
you when relocating to a new community should never be released to the wild. Even
when the species released may not be a invasive you don't know what diseases and parasites
it may have. Not to mention release of fish or animals to the wild is illegal in
If you see invasive species sold in your local greenhouse, nursery or pet store, inform
the owner that the species is invasive and suggest they not sell the species.
3. Spread the word, not the invasive species
Seeds, spores, and diseases can hitchhike on muddy hiking boots, running shoes, backpacks,
farm and garden equipment, boats and aircraft. Clean your infested items to avoid
spreading invasive plants to new areas.
Buy certified weed-free forage and mulch. Dog mushing and guided horseback hunts have
the potential to spread invasive plant seed into remote areas via bedding and feed.
Volunteer to assist land managers in removing invasive species and restoring native
ecosystems. Participate in local community weed pulls, pike derbies, and other removal
activities. For information on participating in or organizing a community weed pull,
contact your local Cooperative Extension Service
, your local Soil and Water Conservation District
, the National Park Service
, or look up other local invasive species management organizations.
5. Call your legislators
Express your concerns about the need to manage and control invasive species to your
elected representatives and urge them to ensure that the State's quarantine and response
programs are up to date and implemented. Spread the word. Share this information with