March, 2017 Webcast - PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks

This presentation will provide an overview of the PlayCleanGo outreach campaign, its social marketing foundation and what is available to you as a partner organization.

Invasive species are already among the greatest threats conservationists and land managers face in sustaining our natural heritage. Climate change is likely to make matters worse. Adding to the problem is the increase in human mobility, including recreationists and field workers. PlayCleanGo is an awareness campaign which can foster sustainable behaviors among trail users and other outdoor enthusiasts, much like Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! has among boaters.

Social marketing utilizes social science to build new social norms. It depends on public exposure to and acceptance of sustainable public behaviors. In four years, over 380 partner organizations in the United State and Canada have adopted PlayCleanGo as their outreach campaign, contributing to an increasing population of folks who are seeing uniform messaging across state and federal borders. PlayCleanGo leverages the breadth and diversity of its partner organizations to support outreach efforts of all sizes. In a business model perfect for local cooperative pest and resource management organizations, PlayCleanGo provides free access to an ever-expanding graphic library of materials and basic graphic services to help customize the materials to reach local outdoor audiences.

The campaign is designed to give outdoor enthusiasts a clear call to action. With simple, positive messaging, it urges them to be informed, attentive and accountable for stopping the spread of terrestrial invasive species. The fun, modern look and feel of the campaign is based on the results of a series of nine focus groups and a large phone survey describing the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of recreationists visiting the Upper Midwest.


Susan Burks has over 30 years' experience in tree care and forest health protection. Currently, she serves as the Forestry Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the Minnesota DNR. Her responsibilities include terrestrial invasive species prevention, monitoring and management; outreach and education; and project and grant management. In addition to the DNR firewood program, Susan manages PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks, an outreach campaign designed to disrupt the link between outdoor recreation and the spread of terrestrial invasive species.

Lisa Brush is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

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