Prevent the Spread

Prevention is the most effective strategy in addressing invasive species. The good news is that within the Adirondack region, compelling opportunities exist to prevent invasive species from becoming widespread and well-established.

Often invasive species are spread unknowingly through our every day activities and simple modifications to behavior are all that’s needed to be part of the solution. Here’s what you can do.


prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species


Free boat wash stations are available  and will ensure your boat is clean, drained and dry.

  • Inspect your boat, trailer, and associated equipment (fishing gear, buoys, anchors, & lines, etc.) to remove and dispose of all attached aquatic plant, animal, or soil material after each use.
  • Drain any of your boat’s internal water holding compartments including live wells, ballast tanks, and motor after each use.
  • Allow your boat, trailer, and associated equipment to dry completely between uses by either allowing it to sit out in the sun for at least 5 days or by towel drying.
  • Never transport and release uncertified fishing bait between waters or release aquarium/aquaculture plants or animals into the wild

Don’t want to wait 5 days before boating again or need an expert to decontaminate your boat for you? Visit one of the free boat wash stations throughout the Adirondacks and have one of our boat wash technicians ensure your boat is clean, drained, and dry. Visit to find the nearest wash station.


prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species


Oriental bittersweet is commonly used to create decorative wreaths, further spreading this harmful invader

  • Know whether the seeds or plants you intend to use are non-invasive. Gardening, landscaping, and decorating with native plants is ideal.
  • Know the source of your mulch, topsoil, and fill. Always try to use clean/weed free sources.
  • Know where you’ve been last and clean your boots, gear and equipment of mud and debris before each outdoor adventure.
  • Know that pets and livestock will try to escape. Keep these animals secure and never intentionally release unwanted pets into the wild.


prevent the spread of forest pests

Asian longhorned beetle larvae feed directly on critical bark layers. Photo by Thomas B. Denholm, New Jersey Department of Agriculture,

Invasive forest pests can be transported long distances inside firewood and nursery stock and then escape into surrounding forests.

  • Don’t move firewood long distances. Always use locally sourced firewood and burn it where you buy it.
  • Don’t move nursery trees and shrubs long distances. Whenever possible buy plants grown from local nurseries.