Awareness Campaigns

All Californians can be part of the solution. From landscaping, to firewood, to pet care – there are many ways we can help to control the spread of invasive species.

California Invasive Species Action Week

This year, Cal-IPC and the University of California Cooperative Extension co-hosted a series of Lunchtime Webinars on Invasive Species, June 3-7, 2019.

Monday, June 3: “How they get here: Aquatic invasive species being moved around the world”
Sabrina Drill, Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

Tuesday, June 4: “What’s killing California’s trees? Shot hole borers, palm weevils and the rest”
Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

Wednesday, June 5: “Rodents of unusual size: Nutria in the Delta”
Valerie Cook-Fletcher, Nutria Eradication Incident Commander, Cal. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Thursday, June 6: “Citizen stewardship: Tackling giant reed in Contra Costa County”
Mike Anciaux and Bob Simmons, Walnut Creek Watershed Council

Friday, June 7: “Organizing to stop one of the world’s worst weeds: Marin Knotweed Task Force”
Eric Wrubel, San Francisco Bay Area Network, National Park Service



Play Clean Go 

Stop invasives in your tracks by hiking responsibly. Find tips to keep your gear clean.

Buy It Where You Burn It 

Moving firewood can spread invasive species. Keep your firewood local.


Don’t Let it Loose

Be a responsible pet owner. If you can no longer care for a pet, find it a new home instead of releasing it to the wild.


Make the best choices for your garden or landscape project. Find beautiful and hardy alternatives to invasive plants.

Don’t Plant a Pest

Here are more resources for alternatives to invasive plants, sorted by region. Use it help your next garden or landscape project.


National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 25 – March 1, 2019
Participate in events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues.




The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), along with co-sponsors the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have re-launched the Habitattitude educational campaign. Habitattitude is a non-regulatory collaboration between industry groups and government agencies that is designed to increase awareness of the risks posed by non-native species in the environment and to positively impact consumer attitudes and practices.