Hitching a ride on outdoor gear is one of the most common ways terrestrial invasive species are spread along trails in backcountry hiking areas. Seeds, rhizomes, and animal eggs can easily attach to hiking boots, backpacks, and other gear and be transported to new locations. Using something as simple as a boot brush station to clean footwear before and after a hike can help prevent the spread of invasive species like garlic mustard or jumping worms, which can quickly outcompete native species and shift the balance of natural ecosystems.
APIPP provides free boot brush signs to partners and organizations across the Adirondacks with the goal of slowing the spread of invasive species at popular recreation spots, waterways, and campgrounds. APIPP’s communications coordinator develops each sign so the featured invasive species are those that are likely to be found where the sign will be located.
Look below for downloadable boot brush station templates and assembly instructions. Please contact APIPP today if you are interested in a boot brush station sign.
Invasive zooplankton, larvae, plants, and didymo most often travels to new waterways via watercraft, fishing gear, boots, and waders. It is therefore vital for all water recreationists to clean, drain, and dry all boats and gear before and after using a waterbody to help prevent the spread of invasive species. Along the West Branch of the AuSable River in the Adirondacks, the AuSable River Association supplies anglers with free wader wash stations to clean boots and fishing gear when using this important waterway.