Protect Your Land

Prevent the transport of emerald ash borer, wild parsnip, oak wilt and other terrestrial (land-based) invasive species.

Invasive species are species that are not native to Minnesota and cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Minnesota's natural resources are threatened by a number of terrestrial invasive species such as common buckthorn, gypsy moth, and white nose syndrome of bats.

There are many things you can do to help slow the spread of invasive species.


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What you should do

Do your part to protect Minnesota's land by following these five easy steps.

  • Clean your gear before entering and
    leaving the recreation site.
  • Remove mud and seeds from clothes,
    pets, boots, gear and vehicles.
  • Burn only local or certified firewood.
  • Use only local or certified weed-free hay.
  • Stay on designated trails.

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Guide to terrestrial invasives

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Don't give Emerald ash borer a ride. Buy firewood locally.

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Don't give Emerald ash borer a ride. Buy firewood locally.

movie icon PSA: Don't spread emerald ash borer by moving firewood. Buy it where you burn it. (30 seconds)

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Invasive Species Calendar pdf

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