Whether walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV, it's important to make sure you don't accidentally move invasive species from place to place. Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
1. Come clean
Before leaving home, take a little time to inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles.
2. Use weed-free or certified hay
When horseback riding, use weed-free or certified hay. When using hay for other purposes and weed-free hay is not available, use straw because it is less likely to carry weed seeds.
3. Stay on designated trails
Stay on the designated trail when walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV.
4. Leave clean
Before leaving, inspect your belongings and remove any dirt, plants, or bugs. Invasive plant seeds can be stuck on you, your pets, or equipment. Likewise, pests that attack trees can hide in firewood that you bring home. Weed seeds in infested hay can be blown offsite as you move down the road or left behind in animal waste.