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Invasive Species Prevention

//Invasive Species Prevention
Invasive Species Prevention2018-02-24T17:28:17+00:00

Help prevent the spread of Invasive Plants and Animals.

  • Arrive with clean gear.

  • Stay on the trails.

  • Before leaving, remove all mud, seeds, and plant parts from your bike, shoes and clothing.

Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and micro-organisms that have negative environmental, social, and economic impacts. The Shuswap has many pristine ecosystems, please help keep these environments free of new invasive species.

Invasive species often have detrimental impacts on trails such as:

  • Increasing trail maintenance time, effort and cost

  • Being toxic to touch

  • Impacting wildlife habitat and food

  • Out-competing native plants, including alpine flowers, food, and medicinal plants

  • Producing spiky seeds that cause punctures in bike tires and feet alike.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive species along trails, users can take some simple precautions such as cleaning their boots, bikes and great before and after using trails.

Read more about Invasive Species and what you can do at the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society website.