In much of North America, winter is a time where we don’t think a lot about plants apart from Christmas trees, especially where there’s snow on the ground. However, it’s a key time for seeds spread and even the beginnings of sprouting. A Play Clean Go pledge is just as important in January as it is in June!
More and more people who enjoy the outdoors are helping to reduce the spread of invasive species such as spotted knapweed, Eurasian water-milfoil, and Asian longhorn beetle. They've been using boot brushes and boat washing stations, buying firewood where they burn it, and taking other action steps recommended by PlayCleanGo.
But in northwest lower Michigan, a new pest is providing new challenges: the hemlock woolly adelgid. Because of the ways it eats, lives, and travels, some additional steps are needed for recreationists to help stop its spread.