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County weed worker treating Scotch broom near Coldwater Lake, Mt. St. Helens
News from the Weed World
Third Annual Columbia Gorge Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop The Skamania County Noxious Weed Program in cooperation with WSU Extension and the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area is hosting the third annual Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop in Stevenson, Washington! This workshop, designed to provide new and best management practices, will focus on invasive aquatic and terrestrial plant species, their control, and identification and early detection of exotic pests in our region. Participants who are certified pesticide applicators may earn up to 6 or 7 Oregon or Washington State recertification credits. Here is the workshop agenda and registration form.
2013 Programmatic Report The Skamania County Noxious Weed Program works hard to protect land and ecosystems throughout the County. Please have a look at what our staff accomplished last year in our fact sheet or full annual report. Thank you to our Commissioners, Board, staff, and citizens of Skamania County. We’re all looking forward to accomplishing even more in 2014.
Columbia Gorge CWMA featured on Oregon Field Guide! The Columbia Gorge is everyone’s favorite playground. But recreational use brings in noxious weeds that crowd out native species and upset the area’s ecological balance. Oregon Field Guide took a look at the challenges state agencies, land managers and non-profit groups face in trying to control the influx of these invasive “game-changers” and their efforts to coordinate these efforts. Skamania County is a participating member of the Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA). To view the episode go to: http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/segments/view/1836
Take action and get involved! The Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program has many activities throughout the year in which you could be involved. Activities range from weed identification and mapping courses, to herbicide workshops and habitat enhancement/conservation work parties. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to become involved and let us know your interests so that we can tailor our events to you!
Study reveals that logging debris suppresses development of… Scotch broom Researchers conducted studies in which different methods of removing logging debris and their effects on the 5-year survival and growth of planted Douglas-fir seedlings at logging sites near Matlock, Washington and Mollalla, Oregon. Among other things, invasive plants such as Scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry were the first colonizers in areas where debris were burned or removed. Also, seedling survival decreased as much as 30%. In the areas where debris were dispersed and not piled or removed, survivability was higher and invasives were less present. For more information, please reference the full article here.