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How you can Take Action

1. Learn
Learn to identify invasive plants Invasive Species List
Learn about the invasive species that may be found in your area
High Priority Species

2. Show your support
Ways to work together to prevent the introduction and manage the spread of invasive species in Yukon include:

Become a member: YISC is a non-government, non-profit organization that needs your membership support! Members receive our informative newsletter that updates on current invasive species issues, events, volunteer opportunities and Yukon Invasive Species Council projects. Members have voting privileges at general meetings. Membership is free and open to anyone willing to work collaboratively to respond to the threat of invasive species in the Yukon. Membership Form

Volunteer your time: Every hand counts! During the summer months YISC is organizing weed pulls. For coming events please check the new and next section!

3. Be aware Check upcoming events on our website. And YISC can help your organization with planning of invasive species related activities. Examples: Gardening afternoon to learn about invasive plants and their disposal or a weed pull with your community association.

4. Report
Report new findings with species name, date of observation, location and estimated size of infestation to
Yukon Invasive Species Council
Email: info@yukoninvasives.com
or

download the reporting form
or
call Bruce Bennett 867-633-2479 (evenings)
email: brbennett@klondiker.com

5 . Spread the word and not the weeds
Keep the garden free of invasive plants:

  • Select carefully which plants to grow.
  • Do not buy plants and seeds known to be invasive. Notify your garden centre that a plant is invasive and it should not be sold.
  • Do not use “wildflower mixes” unless you are sure that they don’t contain invasive species
  • Watch carefully for weed seeds in soil and root balls
  • Learn how to dispose yard waste that includes invasive species
  • Learn about ways to reclaim disturbed land. Seeding may not always be necessary
  • Request weed-free soil and certified seed

Keep the backcountry free of invasives species:

  • Check and clean all gear before entering the backcountry
  • Before leaving an area: Check and remove plant parts and mud from vehicles, bicycles, ATVs, horse hooves, pets and clothing
  • Where possible, stay on established trails to minimize soil disturbance
  • Request and use certified weed-free straw in the backcountry. If not available, use locally grown straw.
  • Feed your horses certified weed-free forage before leaving and during the stay in the backcountry.
Keep Yukon’s waterways free of invasive species:
  • Before leaving an area: Drain water from boat, trailer and gear
  • Remove all plant parts and mud
  • Before entering another water body: Wash all your gear including waders with soapy water.

Find more information on our resources page

 

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Repeated sweetclover pulls along the Carcross Road are starting to show success