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

Scotch Pine

Fact Sheet Vascular Plant Pinus sylvestris | Other Names: Scots Pine, Caledonian Pine Description Scotch Pines are large, evergreen, coniferous trees that can grow up

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Purple Loosestrife

Fact Sheet Vascular Plant Lythrum salicaria | Other Names: Loosestrife, Spiked Loosestrife Description Stems arise from perennial rootstock. 30-50 stalks can arise from a single

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Fact Sheet INSECT, TREE PEST Adelges tsugae Description Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an aphid-like insect that parasitizes Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) trees. The first generation

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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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Resources

Terrestrial Invasive Species Poster

Invasive Woodland Plants Booklet

100 Worst Invasive Species Booklet