Hiking, mountain biking, boating, and trail-riding with motorized equipment can be a blast but unfortunately, it can also be a means to invasive species spread. Good news is - prevention of this is fairly simple. Cleaning your recreational equipment before moving it to a new boat launch or trail head can help ensure that the natural areas you love stay free of invasive species. After enjoying a day out on the trails or the water, make sure to:
Everyone: Inspect your clothes and equipment for any "stowaways" like seeds or other plant parts.
Hikers: Use boot brushes to remove any plants from the tread of your boots. If you brought pets with you, brush them as well.
Bikes, Motorcyclists, & ATV Owners: Use brushes to clean tire treads before loading up. Washing your ORV after a trail ride is a great practice too!
Boaters: Clear off any plants and wash your boat (especially any mud at the bottom) before loading up. Wash your boat and any fishing equipment with hot water before using it again.
We can all be good stewards! Take a few minutes before and after your outdoor recreation activity to clean off your clothes, shoes, gear, and vehicle.