Spread the word!
Having a good outreach strategy can make a huge difference in the prevention of invasive species. It was the incredible public outreach and community involvement that made it possible for Chicago to eradicate their infestation of Asian longhorned beetle.
On this page you will find an assortment of education and outreach material specific for forest pests, invasive plants, and aquatics. If you do not find what you are looking for on this page, be sure to also check out the Resource Hub.
Forest Pest Outreach Opportunities
- Organize a Tree Tagging Event
Unfortunately, most people cannot identify ash trees and therefore have no idea of what’s at risk until it’s too late. Tree tagging events have been organized in New York, Indiana and other Midwestern states as an effective way to raise awareness about the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Print your own tree tags.
- Complete an Ash Tree Inventory
Tree inventories can be as simple as walking through your woods for ten minutes or examining trees along your street while driving your car. They can also be detailed and expansive. Guidelines and worksheets for completing an ash inventory.
- Give a Talk or Host a Movie Screening
Public presentations are an excellent way to spread the word about forest pests. You can find Powerpoint presentations, videos, posters, handouts, and more in the Resource Hub. These are available for you to use and modify, as you see fit.
- Write an Article
Share what you've been up to or encourage others to take action. Writing articles, whether it is for a newspaper, blog, or a post on Facebook is a quick and easy way to spread the word. Here are some examples to inspire you:
Aquatic Invasive Species Opportunities
Check out the Resource Hub for presentations, videos, posters, handouts, and more. For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator, Kim Jensen at Kimberly.Jensen@vermont.gov.
Terrestrial Plant Outreach Opportunities
Check out the case studies below that include problems encountered and solutions discovered by other Vermonters managing invasive plants. The Resource Hub also has great information including handouts, Best Mangement Practices, and more. The Project How-To Guide provides resources for groups just starting out, or interested in learning more about outreach. Contact the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation's Invasive Plant Coordinator, Elizabeth Spinney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project how-to guide
Developing Invasive Plant Outreach and Management Projects: A Guide for Vermont Communities and Conservation Organizations. The chapters of this are available for digital download through the Resource hub, links provided below. Here's an overview 'how to guide'.
- Planning Your Project
- Recruiting and working with volunteers
- Organizing and executing a workday
- Getting the word out
- Working with governments and schools
- Management Case Studies