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CLEAN: Spread the word...not the weed
Clean gear and equipment prevents the spread of noxious weeds. Do your part!
The connection between cleaning your equipment and protecting your natural areas is clear.  Plants that don’t belong in our natural areas can cause a lot of damage. Many noxious and invasive weeds are unknowingly spread from site to site through contaminated equipment, gear and recreational vehicles.

Once established these noxious invasive weeds can cause severe damage to the natural areas of Oregon such as reducing habitat for fish and wildlife, affecting human health and reduction of property values.

Keep your equipment, gear and off road vehicles clean and free from weed seed to help prevent the spread of noxious invasive weeds and protect our natural areas and streams from harmful invasions.
 
Now do YOUR part! Learn more at: http://www.weedcenter.org/store/docs/CIPM_prevention.pdf
 
Oregon Department of Agriculture Story of the Week: Prevention is the key to Oregon's fight with invasive weeds

Clean your gear, livestock and pets.
dirty boot and pant leg  
Photo courtesy of BLM
Enter public trails with clean shoes and clothing. Be aware of the potential for pets and livestock to collect and carry weed seeds in fir and hooves. Simply brushing animals, boots and clothing before leaving sites will help prevent the spread of noxious invasive weeds to other areas of Oregon.
Know your equipment
RTV skid plate with weed seed on it  
Skid plate from underneath an off road vehicle
ODA learned first hand how weeds and seeds can travel undetected on a vehicle. In 2009, Dan Sharratt, an invasive weed management specialist based in Eastern Oregon, conducted the usual pressure washing routine on one of the programs all-terrain vehicles used for survey, detection and treatment of noxious weeds. Wanting to confirm that he had sufficiently scoured the vehicle, Sharratt removed the skid plate affixed to the underside of the off road vehicle. To his amazement, a sizable amount of plant material, including seeds, had been trapped under the plate. A closer look unveiled the seeds of two of the worst invasive weed species in Oregon- Russian knapweed and African rue.
Weed Free Forage
Hay stack  
Contact Randy Black for Program details 503-986-4620
The use of weed-free hay and straw is one very important prevention strategy for protection of natural resources.
Learn more about Oregon's Weed Free Forage Program

Boats and trailers
Boat trailer with weeds on it  
Photo courtesy of PSU-CLR
Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat
Keep a clean boat: After boating in any waterbody – especially in Nevada, Arizona, Utah or any state east of the Rocky Mountains, clean your boat and gear thoroughly.

All equipment such as dive gear, boats, trailers and motors should be visually and tactilely (by feel) inspected for the presence of invasive species prior to and after use in any water body.
Additionally, any vegetation attached to this equipment must be removed and left at the site of origin or discarded in a waste can.

Drain and flush your bilge, live well, bait buckets and any other compartments that hold standing water. If you recently boated in infested waters, flush areas of standing water with hot water (140° F) or a solution of 1 cup bleach to a gallon of water. Do this away from any waterbody or slope above a waterbody.

Clean and scrub boat hulls, motors, anchors and trailers, then hose equipment with hot (140° F) and/or high-pressure water.

After a thorough washing, all boat equipment should be allowed to remain completely dry for at least 24 hours before being used again. If a thorough washing isn’t available, clean as best you can and allow boat to air dry for at least five days with all compartments open.
 
For more information visit The Oregon Marine Board

For a downloadable clean boat awareness trifold