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Cleaning

Felt Information & Regulations

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Felt Information & Regulations

All kinds of equipment, vehicles and materials can transport invasive species to new locations. But felt is one material that has been the focus of attention for its ability to trap and transport invasive species. Felt is a material that is used on fishing boots and other river shoes, and can be difficult to clean. Studies have shown that sediment and invasive species can be trapped in felt. 

In some circumstances management agencies have taken measures to restrict the use of felt to prevent invasive species spread. Keep in mind, other materials can also transport invasive species particularly if they are not clean. We have provided a number of resources here for you to learn more on the issue of felt and invasive species.

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Boot Cleaning Stations

Current Program

The Invasive Species Action Network has designed boot cleaning stations that are an easy way to encourage cleaning and get the cleaning job done.

A-Frame Boot Cleaning Station
Tub Style Boot Cleaning Station

There are two different designs of cleaning stations – a tub-style and hose style – which can be incorporated into fly shops, bait shops, campgrounds, fishing lodges and more. Our boot cleaning stations use only clean fresh water, and no chemicals!

Do you have a cleaning station at your business? Let us put you on the map, contact us for more information.

Below, you’ll find our boot cleaning station directory. Use it to find a business near you that has a boot cleaning station. These businesses support protecting our waters from an accidental introduction of aquatic invasive species.

 
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