News and Upcoming Events
Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program is seeking applicants for seasonal employment for the 2016 summer season, from approximately May through September. We are looking for approximately six people to fill the positions of Lead Natural Resource Worker ($15.20 per hour), Natural Resource Workers ($13.94 per hour) and Natural Resource Aides ($13.38 per hour). Successful applicants will work as part of a team to control noxious weeds throughout Skamania County.
Interested applicants should return a county completed and signed job application with cover letter and resume to Skamania County Human Resources, PO Box 369, Stevenson, WA 98648 or email to Vancamp@co.skamania.wa.us by 4:00 pm April 14th. Applications and full job description may be obtained at http://www.skamaniacounty.org/human-resources/, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 509-427-3705. Skamania County is an equal employment opportunity employer.
Early Detection, Reporting, & Identification of Invasive Plants Workshop
The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW-IPC) with the help of the Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program and the C0lumbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is offering a free Invasive Plant Identification Workshop. Love to hike in our forests and enjoy wildflowers? Why not become a Citizen Scientist and support efforts to keep the Gorge gorgeous!
Participants learn plant identification and ways to report what you find. Sign up to volunteer on public lands will be optional.
Please join us:
Wednesday, April 27 1:00-3:30pm in Sandy, Oregon or
Thursday, April 28 9:30-12 in Vancouver, Washington
***Capacity is limited; if you would like to attend one of these free training workshops, please RSVP to Julie Combs at email@example.com or call 615-812-5295. Participants may receive WSDA or ODA pesticide license recertification credits (2) pending approval.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week!
Invasive species cause millions of dollars of damage every year to our agricultural, cultural, and natural areas. They crowd out native species and are a huge detriment to biodiversity.
One of the best ways to combat invasive species is to prevent their establishment in the first place. So when you are out enjoying all Skamania County has to offer, take a few steps to do your part in preventing weeds from invading your favorite trail or park:
1) Brush your boots, bike, or gear before and after you recreate
2) Keep pets leashed and stay on the trail
3) Volunteer to help remove invasive plants in your favorite natural area
4) Report any invaders to your local Noxious Weed Program
5) Tell your friends about how to prevent invasive species!
The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board and the Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program are offering free seed packets containing a non-invasive, pollinator-friendly flower mix! For more information and a complete list of the species included in the mix, click here. Also, contact the Skamania County Noxious Weed Program to get your free packet today!
New in 2016 (updated 2/4/2016)
Ventenata, Ventenata dubia, a Class C noxious weed
o Remove lepyrodiclis, Lepyrodiclis holosteoides
More information can be found by visiting http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/
2016 Noxious Weed List for Skamania County has been adopted!
Every year, county weed boards review the state weed list and create a county-specific list based on local conditions and priorities. In addition to ALL Class A species and all Class B species designated for control by the state, the county weed board requires control of certain Class B and Class C species that are a local priority.
The Skamania County Weed Board adopted the 2016 weed list after a public hearing on February 3th. Those species selected are required, by law, to be controlled. Those not selected are still considered noxious weeds and a threat, and should be contained or controlled when possible. For more information on the state or county noxious weed lists, please call the Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program.