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Help prevent the spread of invasive species during PlayCleanGo Awareness Week

Adopt some helpful habits you can use all year

The Michigan Invasive Species Program is joining the North American Invasive Species Management Association to promote PlayCleanGo Awareness Week, taking place this year June 1-8. The annual event aims to educate outdoor enthusiasts on the importance of stopping the spread of invasive species while enjoying the great outdoors.

“Nearly 50% of endangered or threatened fish, wildlife and plants are at risk due to invasive species, which people unintentionally spread with their boots, tires, boats, firewood, pets, horses and more,” said Joanne Foreman, Invasive Species Program communications coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources. “But the good news is, by taking a few easy steps, everyone spending time in nature can be part of the solution.”

Legs and feet of children using a boot brush to remove debris from their tennis shoes and boots.On every outdoor adventure remember to:Clean footwear with a boot brush.Remove invasive plants and dispose properly.Pick seeds and burrs off clothes and gear.Clean mud and seeds from dogs and horses.Hose off bikes or all-terrain vehicles with water or compressed air.Clean, drain and dry boats, and dispose of any invasive plants.Don’t move firewood; buy it where you burn it.”PlayCleanGo Awareness Week is about more than just spreading awareness – it’s about taking meaningful action to protect our environment,” added Teagan Wilmot, North American Invasive Species Management Association education and prevention manager. “Together, we can make a difference and stop invasive species in their tracks.

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