Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Proclaims May 11th Clean Drain Dry Day To Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

May 7th, 2024Contact: Zach Burnside – Invasive Species Program Manager White Bear Lake, MN – Governor Tim Walz along with Wildlife Forever and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, proclaim Saturday, May 11th as Minnesota Clean Drain Dry Day. With the Minnesota Fishing Opener serving as the official start to fishing and boating season, people are reminded to …

New Boat Ramp Signs Help Anglers and Boaters Prevent Invasive Species

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever, CD3 Systems, and FishBrain announce a new digital platform to aid boaters and anglers in preventing aquatic invasive species. The Check-In & Check-Out (CICO) WebApp provides a fast, user-friendly tutorial on how to self-inspect and clean watercraft before and after launching by hand. New access signs are available …

Clean Drain Dry Initiative Releases Annual Accomplishment Report

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to release the 2023 Clean Drain Dry Initiative® annual accomplishment report. Through partnerships with the outdoor industry, state and federal agencies, and community organizations, on-the-ground efforts delivered critical invasive species prevention infrastructure and a nationwide public service campaign reaching 65 million impressions. Invasive species are a …

Wildlife Forever to Build National Mapping Tool for Improved Access to Invasive Species Decontamination Locations

For Immediate Release Contact: Zach Burnside ZBurnside@WildlifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever and a coalition of fishing industry stakeholders and federal partners will be designing a new online platform to identify watercraft inspection and decontamination stations across the country. In addition, the new website will feature state-specific aquatic invasive species information for boaters …

Wildlife Forever Develops Risk Assessment for Invasive Species

Contact: Zach Burnside – ZBurnside@WildlifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN – In a groundbreaking initiative, Wildlife Forever, with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has developed an Invasive Species Risk Assessment tool designed to identify invasive species threats while offering mitigation strategies to prevent spread.  In collaboration with western field offices of the …

California Artist Wins Wildlife Forever Invader Crusader Award

For Immediate Release Contact: Addison Motta AMotta@WildifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Congratulations to Jihyo Kim of California, winner of the 2023 Fish Art Contest Invader Crusader Award. Kim’s depiction of silver carp is a stunning reminder that invasive species can look beautiful, but when improperly introduced they are one of the leading threats to …

Wildlife Forever Releases 2022 National Report on Invasive Species

Immediate Release: Contact: Zach Burnside, Invasive Species Program Coordinator ZBurnside@WildlifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to release the 2022 Clean Drain Dry Initiative annual accomplishment report. Through applied use of media and community outreach, the public awareness campaign generated a staggering 90 million impressions in 2022.    “I want to thank our …

Wildlife Forever Leads The War on Carp™ campaign with support from AFTCO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Zach BurnsideInvasive Species Program CoordinatorZBurnside@WildlifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is excited to announce new leadership of the War on Carp campaign raising awareness of invasive carps and needs for enhanced management and control. Invasive carps such as Silver, Bighead, and Black, are expanding their range and have proven to wreak …