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Join Us in Celebrating National Invasive Species Awareness Week

by | February 23, 2022

Mark your calendars! National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) kicks off on Monday, February 28.

During this week-long event – North America’s largest invasive species awareness campaign – we come together to raise awareness about invasive species and highlight the multitude of invasive species management and prevention efforts across the nation and beyond.

Black and white sketch of nature scene features mountains, trees, and a river. Text reads, "NISAW National Invasive Species Awareness Week"

NISAW is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread.

~ NISAW

Get Involved!

Here are a few ways you can participate:

Invasive species like orange hawkweed, northern pike, and elodea have a significantly negative impact on Alaska’s native ecosystems, economy, and recreational opportunities for people. Knowing how to identify invasive species, like these, is the first step in preventing their spread. Photo credits: orange hawkweed by Michael Shephard/USFS, Bugwood.org; northern pike by Kristine Dunker/ADF&G; elodea by Christian Fischer, CC license BY-SA 3.0

stay involved!

For many Alaskans, an abundance of natural resources and the seemingly endless outdoor recreation opportunities make living in Alaska so extraordinary. But invasive species threaten so much of what we love and depend on in Alaska. The good new is, everyone can do something, and together our efforts will help protect this state that is so important to us.

Each year the United States spends approximately $120 billion to address invasive species, which impact at least 100 million acres (about the size of California) of the nation’s lands and waters.

Source: NISAW

Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved in your local community and for details about future events coming up this spring and summer, including Alaska Invasive Species Awareness Week in June. Never miss an update on these events and more – scroll to the top of this page to join our mailing list and, of course, follow us on Facebook.

Thanks for all you do to help keep Alaska free from invasive species!

Simple actions, like cleaning off your shoes before you hit the trail, can help prevent the spread of invasive species. Together we can make a difference! Photo by: Kenai Watershed Forum
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