|A northern pike being illegally released into non-native waters.|
Obey the Laws
Laws are not intended to be an inconvenience. Instead, they protect the natural ecosystem. They prevent introducing of invasive species into our environments as well as keeping our species from endangering others. Check with the appropriate agencies for local laws. Declare all plants and animals at appropriate customs checks. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=invasive.regulations
Use Local Products
Items carried in for hikes and camping may also carry pests. Purchase fruits, vegetables, and firewood from the immediate region. Firewood should only be used within a 50 mile radius of its source.
Become an Invasivore
Invasive species are a good source of food, unprotected by local laws. Having a nice dinner of invasive dandelion green salad and northern pike fillets helps contain non-native species in Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula.
Cleaning gear after use prevents the spreading of invasive species. Hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles, and even luggage should be wiped off at a minimum. Not only does this protect our environment, but it also extends the serviceability of the gear.
Learn the Local Species
Knowing what is supposed to be there helps identify that which does not belong.
Note the location. GPS coordinates and photographs will help officials respond quicker to the threat. Email reports to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Invasive Species Program or phone the Invasive Species Hotline at 1-877-INVASIV (1-877-468-2748).
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