Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens that can harm our environment. These invaders can have devastating impacts in lakes, rivers, and streams – they crowd out native species, cause declines in water quality, and make boating and fishing difficult. On land, invasive species have similar detrimental effects, reducing wildlife habitat, negatively impacting biodiversity, and impairing recreational opportunities.

All recreational activities, including hiking, boating, camping, waterfowl hunting, and fishing, can potentially spread invasive species. If you enjoy the outdoors, following the Be A Hero—Transport Zero™ tips can help prevent aquatic and terrestrial invaders from taking over your favorite natural areas.

Be A Hero Transport Terrestrial

For more information about invasive species in Illinois, visit the Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month Website. More about aquatic invasive species and the problems they cause for recreationists can be found on IISG’s Recreation page and at Don’t Move Firewood, Emerald Ash Borer, and Illinois EAB.


link and image to Illinois DNRThe Be A Hero—Transport Zero™ campaign is made possible through a partnership between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.


Pat Charlebois
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

Greg Hitzroth
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist

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