The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has organized California Invasive Species Action Week (CISAW)! Its goals are to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and promote public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.
Prevention is the most effective strategy in managing invasive species. However, hundreds of invasive plants and animals have already established in California and are rapidly spreading each year. These invaders are negatively impacting our waters, our native plants and animals (some of them rare, threatened, or endangered), our agriculture, our health, our economy, and our favorite recreational places.
For more information and to find events taking place this week, visit the CISAW website. For citizen scientists interested in helping to report invasive species, consider downloading the agency’s invasive species reporting app. Reports through the app go directly to CDFW and help the agency track these species.