MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging Vermonters to help fight the spread of invasive species and says a new online tool is available to help.

Without natural predators or competition, invasive plants and animals compete with native species and crowd them out.

The LIEP program provides information about how to identify invasive species and tips for removing them or preventing them from spreading. The resource can be found on the department’s website at vtfishandwildlife.com.

A department biologist also recommends removing non-native, invasive plants, such as barberry and honeysuckle, with shovels or weed wrenches, or spot treating them with herbicide.

He also reminds boaters to clean, drain and dry their boat and trailer after each use to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.