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Week of events aims to raise awareness

February 22, 2021 | Jason Kuiper | environment
invasive species week

This week, Feb. 22-26, is National Invasive Species Awareness Week and environmentalists want everyone to think about ways to protect our trees, water and everything else from these threats.

Throughout the week, there are webinars and other chances to become better educated about threats like emerald ash borer or zebra mussels, two of the biggest threats to this region.

Natural threat

Invasive species pose threats to everyone, whether you are a landowner, rancher, live in a city or suburb or on a farm, said Chris Vrtiska, OPPD’s wildlife/natural resources coordinator.

“Invasive species can wreak havoc in our ecosystems,” Vrtiska said. “This week is about thinking about how to protect and identify solutions for these at all levels. There are a lot of events this week that people can tune into to learn more.”

Each webinar, listed below, has multiple presentations and speakers are are free.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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