Wildlife Forever, a nationwide leader in invasive species outreach and education, is joining others from around the country to celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). NISAW was created to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at the local, state and national levels.

Wildlife Forever LogoIt is estimated that economic damages associated with invasive species has reached $120 billion dollars per year for the US. These invaders threaten fish and wildlife, clog intake pipes in public utility operations, and negatively impact property values. Outreach and education to policy makers and the public is key to preventing the spread of invasive species.

Since 2006, Wildlife Forever’s invasive species outreach and education programs have made more than 2 billion impressions. The science-supported and clear best management practices (BMPs) of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative®empower users to prevent the spread of invasive species.

For the last 14 years, Wildlife Forever has led a coalition of local and national partners to implement and deliver on-the-ground education and outreach programs across the United States.  Prompts are strategically placed online, in bait shops, at convenience stores, along the highway, in magazines, and on the television to remind users before they reach the water. At the access, signage and tools engage users, support Clean Drain Dry actions and empower them to prevent the movement of invasive species.

“Invasive species threaten our lakes, streams and public access to outdoor recreation. Wildlife Forever is proud to be participating in National Invasive Species Awareness Week and encourages State and Federal leadership to prioritize prevention education,” said President and CEO Pat Conzemius.

February 24th-28th is just part one of NISAW, leaders in the fight against invasive species are meeting with leaders in Washington D.C. to share the importance of preventing invasive species. The public is urged to celebrate NISAW by reaching out to their local leaders and urging them to protect our land and waters.

The Wildlife Forever Clean Drain Dry Initiative® is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging and tailored AIS prevention planning. To learn about services, contact Dane Huinker: DHuinker@WildlifeForever.org or visit www.CleanDrainDry.org

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity, for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.