by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month as a way to draw attention to the threat Iowa’s woodlands, wildlands and waterways are under from unwanted pests.
Each year in Iowa, millions of dollars, both public and private, are spent to control invasive plants, insects, animals and diseases. Invasive species threaten Iowa’s lands and waters by competing with and destroying native plants and animals and by disrupting complex natural ecosystems.
Emerald ash borer, zebra mussels, oriental bittersweet, Eurasian watermilfoil, and bighead and silver carp make the news as they increase their presence in the state.
“Awareness of invasive species is an important first step towards behavior change which can prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species in Iowa,” read the proclamation.
“Invasive Species Awareness Month is an opportunity for government to join forces with business, industry, conservation groups, recreation groups, community organization and cities to take action against the introduction and spread of invasive species.”
For more information on Iowa’s invasive species and what you can do to help, visit the www.iowadnr.gov and visit the fisheries and forestry web pages.