weeds are silent but costly invaders that are changing the environment
wherever they go. Becoming aware of this invasion and what you can
do about it is necessary for the survival of many native plants
and animals, and even many aspects of our way
of life. We need your help! Without your involvement, and that
of others like you, the fight against these invaders will be lost.
What can you do?
seem that a person in your situation may not be able to anything
about invasive weed species, but you're wrong. People from ages
5 and up can be actively involved in the war against weeds. You've
already taken the first step by becoming aware that there is a problem.
What skills do you need?
next step that you must take is learning to identify noxious weeds
(especially those found in you home area). Being able to recognize
these plants and then reporting them to local authorities is one
of the biggest ways you can help. The final step is to learn how
noxious weeds are controlled, and what part you can play. Knowledge
of how weeds are controlled will allow you to teach your friends,
support and encourage local weed management plans, and give you
the opportunity to make a difference. A number of people have already
What tools do you need?
you need depend upon the action you want to take. For the most basic
form of control (prevention), all you need is the eyes in your head
and a telephone. On your way to school, home, or the office, just
keep an eye out for any sign of noxious weeds. A weed field guide
may also help you in this venture. Other forms of control require
the use of tools ranging from shovels to plows, and hand sprayers
to aerial applicators (airplanes and helicopters). Many of these
will not be available to you, but make the most of what you have.
Steps for successful