7 Ways to Celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Keep an eye out for invasive species from February 28 – March 4, 2022.

Amy Gaudreau, Forest Stewardship Outreach Program Manager
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National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is February 28 – March 4, 2022. NISAW is a nationwide event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what people can do to prevent their spread. UNH Cooperative Extension’s Forestry and Wildlife Program focuses a great deal of time and effort on educating landowners and communities about invasive species, and helping them figure out how to manage invasive species. Everyone can play a role in managing invasive species. Here are seven ways you can help.

1. Learn about invasive species

To learn about the insects and diseases threatening New Hampshire’s forests, go to www.NHBugs.org. To learn about invasive plants in New Hampshire, go to www.extension.unh.edu/natural-resources/forests-trees

2. Go for a walk

When you’re walking on the road or hiking in the woods, look for signs of invasive species. Some invasives of concern include emerald ash borerhemlock woolly adelgid, and elongate hemlock scale. This spring and summer, keep an eye out for invasive plants including glossy buckthorn, garlic mustard, and Japanese knotweed.

3. Report suspicious Insects & Diseases

As always, if you find a tree with signs of a pest or see something suspicious, take pictures and report it at www.NHBugs.org.

4. Volunteer

Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and important natural areas. Nature Groupie maintains a list of upcoming events.

5. Don’t move firewood

Instead, burn it where you buy it. Invasive insects are transported by humans, often in firewood. Find more information at www.nhbugs.org/firewood

6. Choose native species

If you’re planning to plant in your yard this year, choose native species. For trees, consider their susceptibility to invasive insects.

7. SPread the word

Help us get the word out about invasive pests. Follow NHBugs on Facebook and share posts with your friends and family.

Below are pictures of just a few invasive species to look for in New Hampshire's forests and fields.

Have a question about your woods? Contact your Extension County Forester today!

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Forest Stewardship Outreach Program Manager
Forest Stewardship Outreach Program Manager
Phone: (603) 862-3883
Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall Room 211, Durham, NH 03824