Play Clean Go

Terrestrial invasive species are easily spread from one location to another when they become stuck to shoes, tires, pets, and more. Plants, seeds, and insects can establish in new locations if they are not removed before leaving the region in which they were picked up. 

PlayCleanGo is an initiative that encourages people to get outside and enjoy nature while protecting our natural resources, by preventing the spread of terrestrial invasive species through behavioural changes.

How can you help?

Remove any insects, mud or plants from your gear, boots and pets; Check ATV and bike tires, and remove any plants that may be caught in your equipment before moving to a new trail; Clean your gear and boots before entering and leaving a recreation site; Stay on designated trails and roads; and Learn how to identify invasive species.

Invasive Species in Nova Scotia

Yellow Floating Heart

Fact Sheet VASCULAR PLANT Nymphoides peltata | Other Names: Fringed Water Lily, Water Fringe Description Bottom-rooted floating-leaved aquatic plant. Leaves round and heart or kidney-shaped,

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Giant Hogweed

Fact Sheet INVASIVE PLANT Heracleum mantegazzianum | Family: Apiaceae (Carrot or Parsley) Description Gardening enthusiasts grow giant hogweed because of their bold, tropical-looking leaves, white-clustered

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Oriental Bittersweet

Fact Sheet PERENNIAL DECIDUOUS WOODY VINE Celastrus orbiculatus What is Oriental bittersweet? Plant Type: perennial deciduous woody vine Family: Celastraceae (bittersweet) Form/Size: rapidly spreading, twining,

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Tunicates

Fact Sheet MARINE ANIMAL Ciona, Botryllus, & Botrylloides spp. | Other Name: Sea Squirt Description Small marine, filter-feeding animals, sometimes referred to as sea squirts,

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Resources

Terrestrial Invasive Species Poster

Invasive Woodland Plants Booklet

100 Worst Invasive Species Booklet