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.
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
Here are a few ways you can participate:
- Tune into one or more of the webinars hosted by the North American Invasive Species Management Association or the Washington Invasive Species Council. These free events will highlight topics such as European green crabs, giant hornets, firewood, climate change, and more.
- Learn more about invasive species, especially ones you might encounter or are particularly problematic in your community. Then, share what you learn with others.
- Discover some simple things you can do to prevent the spread of invasive species.
- Follow along on our Facebook page to explore a different invasive species topic each day of NISAW. Join the conversation, share your own invasive species stories, and tag your posts with #NISAW and #InvasiveSpecies.
- Ask your senators and representatives to support invasive species management and prevention in Alaska.
- Consider your own actions: What do you already do to help with the problem of invasive species? Celebrate your efforts!
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!