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Home > Plants, Pests & Pest Control > Pest Management > Noxious & Invasive Weed Program > Eliminate Target Plants > Prevention

Preventing the Spread of Target Invasive Plants

Training on woody plant identificationTraining audiences to identify target species is crucial for detecting and preventing invasive plants from spreading. Workshops and training are delivered by the University of Minnesota Extension and are provided to natural resources professionals, forest and tree care professionals, and master volunteers. The trainings are held across the state and cover identification, how to report target species, and target species management.

Guidelines for stopping the introduction and spread of invasive plant species include:

  • Learn how to identify and manage invasive plant species.
  • Clean all equipment, boots, clothing, and tools after working or walking through areas infested with invasive plants.
  • Make sure plants and seed mixes you purchase do not contain noxious weed and invasive plant seed.
  • Contact your local municipality for disposal options for invasive plants.
  • Volunteer to help remove invasive plants from local parks or wildlife refuges.

Trainings on noxious weed identification, Invasive Blitz workshops, and the Forest Pest First Detector program are listed at the My Minnesota Woods website.

ETIPS Phase 1 Prevention Summary

Training to three different audiences resulted in the following deliverables for Phase 1 of the grant:

  • 158 Minnesota Master Naturalist and other dedicated volunteers participated in 12 Invasive Blitz sessions across the state.
  • Invasive Blitz participants volunteered 1,197 hours, providing a public value, according to Independent Sector, of $27,614.
  • Volunteers reported 434 service events, including leading student groups in invasive removal projects.
  • Volunteer management activities impacted 9,582 acres in 30 counties.
  • 6 Weed ‘Em Out workshops trained 286 natural resource professionals how to identify noxious weeds on the eradicate list.
  • 18 Forest Pest First Detector events including Oriental bittersweet reached 350 tree care professionals and master volunteers.