Awareness Campaigns

Cal-IPC partners with several organizations to promote awareness campaigns. From landscaping, to firewood, to pet care – there are many ways we can help to control the spread of invasive species.

Play Clean Go 

Stop invasives in your tracks with these tips:

  • REMOVE plants, animals & mud from boots, gear, pets & vehicle.
  • CLEAN your gear before entering & leaving the recreation site.
  • STAY on designated roads & trails.
  • USE CERTIFIED or local firewood & hay


Buy It Where You Burn It 

Our forests are threatened by nonnative insects and diseases. Many of these pests can be transported long distances on firewood. Once transported to new areas, these invasive species can become established and kill large numbers of trees and shrubs.


Don’t Let it Loose

Releasing a pet to the wild is never the right thing. Most pets released to the wild do not survive, and many suffer before they die. Pets are usually unable to find food or shelter in the wild and they are often an easy meal for another creature. If it does manage to survive, your pet becomes an invasive species that native wildlife may not have the defenses to compete against. Invasive species cause harm to the environment and the economy.


Don’t Plant a Pest

The Don’t Plant a Pest! program started in 2003 with initial meetings between representatives of the ecological restoration and horticultural communities. The first regional Don’t Plant a Pest! brochures, suggesting safe alternatives for invasive plants still used in landscaping, were published in 2004. The content on this website complements these brochures. Cal-IPC continues to work with regional partners to develop additional brochures.



Whether you are a retail nursery, grower, landscape professional, or home gardener, everyone can play a critical role in preventing the spread of invasive plants. When making decisions in your landscape projects, chose wisely to help protect California’s environment.