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State parks spread word about terrestrial invasive species

The battle against terrestrial invasive species like buckthorn, the emerald ash borer and Canada thistle will take the spotlight at state parks this weekend.

It’s part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s third annual “PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks” effort.

This Saturday, June 13, entrance fees will be waived at all Minnesota state parks, including Lake Carlos State Park.

Visitors can learn about the many park offerings as well as simple steps they can take to help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species.

PlayCleanGo is an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationalists. The goal is to encourage outdoor recreation like off-road vehicle use, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more, while protecting valuable natural resources.

The objective is to stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species through personal accountability. The campaign is designed to engage recreationists to take quick and easy steps to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals while at the same time encouraging outdoor recreation.

Following these simple steps can help stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species:

• Arrive with clean gear.

• Burn local or certified firewood.

• Use local or weed-free hay.

• Stay on the trails.

• Before leaving, remove mud and seeds.

Visit www.playcleango

.org for more information on what you can do to stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species. PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks is sponsored by the state of Minnesota and U.S. Forest Service.

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