Prevention For Recreationalists
The Okanagan-Similkameen is recognized nationally for its beautiful natural landscapes and outstanding recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, recreational activities – including mountain biking and road cycling – can contribute to the spread and establishment of invasive plants or ‘weeds’ that threaten the natural environment.
Seeds and plant parts can attach to your shoes, gear, motorized vehicle, bike, and pets. When you move to new areas, these plant parts can disperse into new environments.
To prevent the spread of invasive species while you are enjoying the outdoors, follow these easy steps:
Arrive with clean gear
Burn local or certified firewood
Stay on designated roads and trails
Play-Clean-Go - Before leaving, remove plants, insects, and mud from your boots, gear, bike, pets, and/or vehicle
Puncturevine seedpods stuck to a bike tire
This handout is intended to help you learn how to keep natural areas looking natural and maintain the quality of recreational spaces by biking responsibly.