February 22-28, 2015
A week of events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales. Locate an invasive species event in your state or county.
Plan to attend events during NISAW 2015 in Washington DC, online, or in your state:
- National Invasive Species Achievement Awards Ceremony
- Reception on Capitol Hill
- NISAW Fair
- Invasive Species Kids Day
- National Association of Invasive Plant Councils Webinars
- Southern IPM Center Webinars
- Environmental Law Institute Webinar
- Promo Programa Foro y Casa Abierta
Archive for the NAIPC webinars is available here
Archive for IPM Center webinars here
View the Weed Wrangle 2015: A Template for Engaging Local Communities through a Citywide Invasive Plant Event webinar here
National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 22-28. And according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it’s a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation’s economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.
Invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens.
“Though the impact of invasive species is profound, there are important steps we can take to manage infestations and prevent their spread,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., director of science policy for the WSSA. “It all begins with awareness.”