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

Dutch Elm Disease

Fact Sheet Insect & Fungus Hylurgopinus, Scotylus, & Ophiostoma spp Description Dead and dying White Elm trees. Results from several different microscopic sac fungi (all

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Blue Sedge

Fact Sheet vascular plant Carex flacca Description Cool-season sedge grow to a height of 30-45 cm and a width of 30-45 cm, forming a dense

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Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

Fact Sheet INSECT Agrilus planipennis Description The Emerald Ash Borer is a narrow, elongated beetle that is 8.5–14 mm long, and 3.1 –3.5 mm wide.

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

Fact Sheet VASCULAR PLANT Reynoutria japonica | Other Names: Mexican Bamboo, Fleeceflower Description Japanese Knotweed is a woody-stemmed herbaceous perennial 1-3 m tall, with annual

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Resources

Terrestrial Invasive Species Poster

Invasive Woodland Plants Booklet

100 Worst Invasive Species Booklet