Published June 3, 2021
ISCBC is celebrating PlayCleanGo Week, happening June 5-12, 2021 across North America. You can help to protect British Columbia’s natural habitats and biodiversity by practicing PlayCleanGo to stop the spread of invasive species.
Whether walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or off-highway vehicle (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.
- Come clean
Before leaving home, take a little time to inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles.
- 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.
- Stay on designated trails
Stay on designated trails when walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV.
- 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. Don’t bring firewood from camp back home, as pests that attack trees may be hiding inside. Secure your hay, as weed seeds in infested hay can be blown offsite as you move down the road.
Learn how you can play your part at bcinvasives.ca/PlayCleanGo.