What You Can Do
Invasive species are a global problem and everyone can play a part in preventing their introduction and spread. The goal of this section is to provide information on how residents can take action and prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species.
Help out in your community. Partner with organizations and become an active citizen.
- Visit our Event Calendar to find upcoming educational opportunities
- Volunteer at local weed pulls and tours. Contact your local District Office for details
- Become a member:
Wyoming Weed Management Association
Wyoming Native Plant Society
North American Invasive Species Management Association
As outdoor enthusiasts its our responsibility to act as land stewards, follow this steps:
- Before traveling clean or brush off your:
- Shoes and clothes
- Pets and stock
- Vehicles and tires
- Drain, Clean, Dry your boat and watercraft
- Any other equipment that can carry seeds or plants
- Follow the slogan Play Clean Go. To stop invsasive species in your tracks.
- Don't move firewood
- Try to Leave No Trace. Not only will you prevent the spread of weeds, but you will also help preserve the health and beauty of Wyoming's landscape.
Native species have evolved with traits suited to Wyoming's ecosystems. Limit the chances of introducing an invasive by:
- Using native plants and seeds. Ask your local nursery to start carrying more native plants.
- Knowing your plant source. Many invasive species are unintentionally transported on nursery stock and seed mixes.
- Try to avoid disturbing natural areas whenever possible.
- Planting, mulching, or covering disturbed or bare areas.
- Check out the Revegetation Pamphlet for guidance.
Certified Weed Free
Whenever possible use certified weed free products.
- Use weed free hay and forage for your livestock
- Use weed free seed in agriculture
- Use weed free gravel and mulch in construction
Develop your plant identification skills:
- Learn to identify Wyoming weeds
- Stay informed to new invaders
- Know your native plants
The earlier weeds are reported, the better chance of control.
- Contact your local District Office
- Use online reporting tools and download mobile phone apps at EddMapS West
Management and Followup
Knowing is half the battle, now its time to take action and control the spread of invasives.
- Use Integrated Weed Management practices
- Contact your local District Office for a management plan.
- Continue with yearly follow ups. Seeds can remain viable in the seed bank for up to 20 years.