White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever and the national Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ have developed a new Invasive Species Resource Center. Invasive species impact property values and are a leading cause of population decline in fish and wildlife. The cost to the United States economy is more than $120 billion every year.  With support for the USDA Forest Service, this clearinghouse will serve as a powerful tool for sharing important invasive species information with researchers, resource managers, policy makers and the public.

States, federal organizations, non-profits, scientists and local lake associations have all independently created important resources about invasive species. Individuals interested in learning more about invasive species can be overwhelmed trying to find the information they need. The Invasive Species Resource Center is a free
digital library offering invasive species information organized into three categories: Management, Research, and Outreach & Education.

This one-of-a-kind data center allows individuals to quickly locate and download the information they need. Built with public submissions, the Invasive Species Resource Center will hold information created by state and federal agencies, researchers, non-governmental organizations and local counties and lake associations. Organizations or Individuals interested in sharing their invasive species related resources should visit: www.wildlifeforever.org/resource-center to support this important tool.

“Crowdsourcing information has become a powerful tool when facing large issues like invasive species.  We in Pennsylvania rely on working with our neighbors to build off each other’s efforts.  The ISRC will take this to the next level as a national and even international force multiplier, “said Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Dane Huinker, Conservation Programs Manager of Wildlife Forever remarked “Invasive species know no boundaries, which is why we need to work together in order to tackle the issue. The Invasive Species Resource Center will allow organizations from around the world to collaborate and share information to stop the spread of invasive species.”

The 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 resources for local communities to implementing prevention programs. To learn about services, contact Dane Huinker at DHuinker@Wildlifeforever.org or visit www.CleanDrainDry.org.

Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Please, Join Today and learn more about the Fish Art Contest™, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at  www.WildlifeForever.org.