National Invasive Species Awareness Week

ROCHESTER, Minn. — It’s an environmental issue we seem to be dealing with more and more and officials are using this week to bring more attention to it.
It’s National Invasive Species Awareness week across the country.
Invasive species, like Zebra Mussels, or the Emerald Ash Borer can cause problems with native plants and animals, and even hurt the local economy.
Officials say there are some steps you can take to prevent the spread of these species.
“Firewood is a big deal for invasive species movement,” University of Minnesota Extension Forrester Angela Gupta said. “Particularly for terrestrial, so things on the land. And so, we really recommend individuals buy their firewood locally and burn it locally. Buy it where you burn it and don’t move it. Because a whole lot of things can move in firewood and we don’t want them to move.”
She says besides Emerald Ash Borer, they are also keeping an eye on a plant called Oriental Bittersweet, which has kind of taken off and spread in southern Minnesota.

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