Statewide Volunteer Efforts Kick Off 2014 California Invasive Species Action Week

Media Contacts:

Valerie Cook Fletcher, CDFW Invasive Species Program, (916) 654-4267
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Aug. 2 through Aug. 10. The goal of Action Week is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with other departments, agencies, organizations and volunteer programs across California to host more than 40 educational and “action” events including invasive species removals, habitat restoration projects, quagga mussel surveys, field outings, public presentations, youth activities and a film festival. All events are open to the public, although some require registration. To locate an event near you, please view the complete Schedule of Events on the Action Week webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/actionweek/.

The Action Week webpage provides information for individuals wishing to participate independently. For example, people can locate recipes for preparing invasive plants or animals, find out where they can purchase certified “weed-free” project materials or livestock forage, find desirable, native alternatives to certain invasive ornamental plants or learn how to monitor plants and trees for symptoms of infestations or diseases. People can also volunteer to “inspect” a local waterbody for quagga and zebra mussels and submit their findings to CDFW on its website.

Action Week will also include the announcement of the winners of the “Race to Protect Your Favorite Place” youth poster contest, in which youths, grades 2-12, submitted original posters depicting invasive species which threaten their favorite places and how they can take action to help protect that habitat.