The term "biosecurity" refers to measures taken to prevent the introduction or spread of harmful diseases or invasive species to ecosystems. The isolation of islands creates more specialized endemic communities that are not as resilient to disturbance as mainland communities. Thus, biosecurity is especially important to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species which pose a significant threat to native plant species by increasing the risk of wildland fires, displacing native species and altering native habitat.
There are several ways that you can help protect Catalina Island by preventing the introduction and spread of invasive plant and animal species. To start, make sure your luggage and supplies are clean. Don't forget to clean your shoes and bags upon entering and leaving the Island to make sure no seeds or species make their way to Catalina. Boot brushes are available for purchase at the Trailhead visitor center.
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