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Provides information about general volunteer opportunities and other ways that the average citizen can help to control invasive species, organized alphabetically.

The best way to fight invasive species to prevent them from occurring!

You can help by learning what invasive species are in your area and what is being done about them.

  • General
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Travelers, Hikers, Campers, Boaters, and Hunters
    • Don't "pack a pest" when traveling. Fruits, vegetables, plants and animals can carry pests. See travel guidelines for more information.
    • Declare all agricultural items to customs officials when returning from international travel.
    • See Agricultural Information for International Travelers. Or, call USDA to find out what's allowed:
      • Questions about plants: (301) 851-2046
      • Questions about animals: (301) 851-3300
    • Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles, and other pathways of spread to stop hitchhiking invasive species.
    • Don't Move Firewood -- Purchase your firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive infestations. To best protect trees, make sure all your firewood is sourced less than 50 miles from where it will be burned.
    • Clean, Drain & Dry -- Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species while boating. Check with your State and Territorial Fish and Wildlife Offices for local information and regulations.
    • To protect the landscape and game animals, hunters are asked to clean all mud, seeds and propagating plant parts from boots, vehicles and equipment before entering the backcountry so that invasive plants from their homes are not accidentally introduced to the backcountry. Everything should again be cleaned before leaving the backcountry.
  • Homeowners

See other sections for species specific information:

General

Council or Task Force

What You Can Do
Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species.

Partnership

A Homeowner's Guide to Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species: How You Can Make a Difference (2013; PDF | 6.0 MB)
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
See also: Georgia Invasive Species Task Force Publications for more resources

CitiSci.org - Citizen Science
Colorado Sate University.
An invasive species mapping program that allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter invasive species observations into a global database. Provides the training and tools to allow anyone to participate in research on species distributions. For starters, we are focusing on engaging citizen scientists to help map invasive species.
Note: Funded by by National Science Foundation (NSF); joint effort with the U.S. Geological Survey and under the supervision of the National Institute of Invasive Species Science.

Habitattitude
Habitattitude.
National initiative developed by the ANS Task Force and its partner organizations, focuses on the prevention of the spread of non-native species via the aquarium and water garden pathways.

Eyes in the Field: Citizen Scientists
Texasinvasives.org.
A citizen science program to detect and report invasive species in Texas.

Get Involved - Volunteer
Vermont Invasives.

New York - iMapInvasives Training Schedule
Nature Conservancy. iMapInvasives.
iMapInvasives is an online mapping tool that supports efforts to protect New York State from the threat of invasive species. Learn about the program and become trained to contribute data by attending an iMapInvasives training session.

Federal Government

YouTube - Hungry Pests: Video (Resources)
YouTube; USDA. APHIS. Hungry Pests.

The Early Detectives: How to Use Volunteers Against Invasive Species, Case Studies of Volunteer Early Detection Programs in the U.S.
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
The University of Richmond, Environmental Studies Program (2003)
Editors: Kyle Hegamyer, Stephen P. Nash, Peter D. Smallwood

Weed/Invasive Species Control
Volunteer.gov.

Invasive Species - What You Can Do
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Defending Favorite Places: How Hunters and Anglers Can Stop the Spread of Invasive Species
USDA. FS. Invasive Species Program.
The documentary video, Defending Favorite Places, was produced on DVD as part of the National Invasive Species Threat Campaign. Linking invasive species management principles with the hunting and angling conservation ethic is critical as invasive species threaten the future of hunting and fishing. The video links below require Windows Media Player (.wmv):

State Government

Non-natives - What Can I Do to Help?
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Play Clean Go: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Interagency partners in Minnesota have launched PlayCleanGo, an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationalists. The goal is to encourage outdoor recreation while protecting valuable natural resources. The objective is to slow or stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species (those that occur on land) through changes in public behavior.

Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Select tab for specific information: Aquatic, Terrestrial, NR40, and Wetlands

Solutions - Washington Invasive Species Education (WISE)
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
The most effective way to do away with an invasive species is to prevent it from establishing in the first place. WISE presents easy options for how you can prevent the spread of invasives. Be part of the solution!

Statewide Eyes
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Statewide Eyes Initiative brings citizen science to invasive species management. Do you hike, ride, bird, camp, fish, or otherwise recreate in state parks, forests or wildlands? Lend YOUR eyes to help Maryland's biodiversity!

What YOU Can Do to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species!
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Reduce Invasive Hitch-Hikers
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Academic

Don't Release Your Pet!
University of Florida. IFAS. Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Plant City Campus.

EDIS - Options for Unwanted Exotic Pets
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #WEC308

Be a Hero - Transport Zero
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

Professional

Bring Back the Pollinators Campaign
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
See also: Citizen Science Current Projects for more projects

Cool Green Science Blog - 10 Weird Ways You Could Be Spreading Invasive Species (Nov 8, 2016)
Nature Conservancy.

Citizen's Guide to the Control of Invasive Plants in Wetland and Riparian Areas (Apr 2003; PDF | 1.63 MB)
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
Provides an excellent overview of how to plan a volunteer invasive plant removal work day and includes information on recruitment, safety, supervision, and other relevant topics.

Get Out There
Public Broadcasting System. National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth.

Invasive Species Removal Projects
Maryland Native Plant Society.

National Public Lands Day
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Volunteer Resources - Global Restoration Network
Society for Ecological Restoration International.

Volunteer Opportunities
Nature Conservancy.
Can select by State

Volunteer Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges
National Wildlife Refuge Association.

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