Even Alaskan Iditarod Race unintentionally fosters spread of non-native plant species

A study by the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska has found 18 non-native species along the famed Iditarod Sled Dog Race Trail most likely introduced by “infected” straw installed along checkpoints. This has occurred despite race committee efforts to use only certified weed-free straw.

An article by Jen Kain in the Seward City News reminds readers about the vectors by which plants are spread and how awareness can prevent degradation of Alaska’s ecosystems. Read more here.

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