National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 21-27

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

On a national level the National Invasive Species Council is hosting a series of webinars:
http://www.nisaw.org/meetings/2016/2016-webinar/
and other activites:
http://www.nisaw.org/

On a regional and local level you can check out your count Noxious Weed Boards website to see if their are community weed pulls or other activities planned.

We wanted to share Kevin Tyler's announcement from the 4-County CWMA in WA and OR:
Next week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Clark County has suggestions for how you can contribute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElcyWOTChdI&feature=youtu.be

Nine Ways You Can Help
1. Learn about invasive species, especially those found in your region. Your county extension office and the National Invasive Species Information Center are both trusted resources.

2. Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location. Learn more at PlayCleanGo.org

3. Avoid dumping aquariums or live bait into waterways. Learn more at Habitattitude.org

4. Don't move firewood - instead, buy it where you'll burn it, or gather on site when permitted. Learn more at DontMoveFirewood.org

5. Use forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as "weed free."

6. Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invaders.

7. Report new or expanded invasive species outbreaks to authorities. Here is a state-by-state list of contacts

8. Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas.

9. Ask your political representatives at the state, local and national level to support invasive species control efforts.

Want to help, join us for:
Tenny Creek Park English Ivy Removal
Saturday, February 27th, 9 am to 12 pm
Address: 3100 NE 91st Street, Vancouver 98665

Please sign up at:
http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/3nEx3UXi96vbQ1KfdlP6ag

or

Garlic Mustard Pull in Salmon Creek
Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 8:45am - 1:00pm

Help StreamTeam and Clark County restore our watershed by removing invasive garlic mustard in honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Invasive plants prevent the growth of native plants, which impacts fish and wildlife by decreasing the diversity and abundance of our native insect populations from which they depend. Equipment and light refreshments are provided. You will want to bring work and weather appropriate attire, gloves, and a reusable mug. Pre-registration is required. Email Ashley at aking@clarkpud.com to sign up.

Also, the Weed Warriors are hosting a weed pull on Bainbridge Island at Blakely on Sat. Feb. 27, 1 to 3, or at Fay Bainbridge on March 12, 1 to 3.