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Nasty weeds know no bounds

Noxious weeds are an equal-opportunity nuisance. They know no property lines, no income levels, and don’t care if they sprout in a downtown Tacoma alley or Tenino horse pasture. Each spring through summer, Pierce County weed control inspectors step up their hunt for plants nasty enough to earn state or county designation as a noxious weed. Noxious weeds are nonnative species that are so aggressive they crowd out native plants, yet have the potential to be significantly reduced or eradicated. Read More.

 


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The Dispatch News Toxic weed is having a banner year
Tansy ragwort, public enemy number 1 among noxious weeds, is on the march.
According to a state agency that heads efforts to control the toxic vegetation, telephones are ringing at county weed board offices – including Pierce County's – with reported sightings of tansy ragwort. The weed which is blooming in western Washington and in some cases is starting to set seed, officials said. Read More.
 
 Garden Help

 What Not to Eat: Poison Hemlock
Earlier this month local news outlets began reporting that a woman in nearby Tacoma, Washington may have died from ingesting poison hemlock. The tale being told is she harvested it to eat – thinking it was actually something else. A wild carrot perhaps? Regardless, it was a deadly mistake nobody else should have to repeat if we work together to educate ourselves about these pest plants and be sure to eradicate them in our own gardens and communities.Read More.

 

 Komo News

 Tiny beetles enlisted to fight noxious Scotch broom.
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - The rows of bright yellow scotch broom near Kelso airport may be thriving now, but Cowlitz County unleashed a tiny, yet effective, secret weapon Thursday morning: 200 Bruchidius villosus beetles. Read More.

 

The Seattle Times

Weed warriors vanquishing Scotch broom on local prairie.
Capable of throwing its seed as far as 20 feet with a single pop, Scotch broom is a tough invader.
Who would think this soft landscape, with its undulating blue waves of wildflowers, flitting butterflies and calls of meadowlark, could be the scene of such battle.

But war it was, to win back, acre by acre, more than 700 acres of native prairie at Thurston County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve south of Olympia, from an invasion of Scotch broom. Read More.

 

The Seattle Times - Field Notes

Ridding Hope Island of the wiley invader Scot’s broom.
We arrived by boat, puttering along through the jade swell of Puget Sound to Hope Island, part of Deception Pass State Park. And there we met the enemy: Scot’s broom.

A pernicious invasive weed, there it was, waving its cheery yellow blooms. We volunteers had convened for a little mano a mano with the mighty broom. Our mission: dig, cut, pull and otherwise destroy as much of it as we could in our time on the island. Read More.

 

The Spokesman-Review

Field reports: Habitat gets boost from Elk Foundation.
WILDLIFE – Prescribed burns, forest thinning and spraying for noxious weeds are among treatments involved with 20 habitat projects to boost elk in Washington.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says its working with state and federal agencies and contributing $191,726 for projects in Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Pend Oreille, Skamania and Yakima counties. Read More.

 

KXRO Newsradio Task Force Makes it Easier to Report Marine Debris.
The Washington State Marine Debris Task Force is making it easier for beachgoers to report debris to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The task force recently updated their 1-855-WACOAST hotline, giving callers a new option to report potential invasive species directly to WDFW. The tip line was updated after the Sai-shou-maru, the 20-foot fishing boat, came ashore in Pacific County in March with several striped beakfish inside. Read More.

 

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Environmental News

By Leslie Corcelli I grew up in a house with a septic system. It was a wonderful home, built by both of my grandfathers. Although that was some years ago, I vividly remember that we, like most folks, flushed it and forgot about it – until it backed up into our basement, which served as our playroom. Back then, my father’s approach to plumbing and building maintenance issues was to bring a hammer. He is a brilliant attorney and CPA, but not so well versed in plumbing and mechanical systems. My mother was even less versed, but perhaps a bit more practical...
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By Krystal Laymon When I moved to the District of Columbia last spring, I couldn’t wait for the roughly 3,750 cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin and many of our major national monuments to burst into bloom. Tourists and residents flock to the area every year to hurriedly snap a few photos, because these beautiful flowers have a short life cycle with a peak bloom of only a couple of days. The bloom schedule of the cherry trees, like most plants, is phenological, which means that the timing of their bloom is dependent on the conditions of their environment. While the East...
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By Travis Loop I’m lucky to work every day for clean water. It’s vital to everyone’s life and an important issue for our country. But, it’s especially fulfilling to work for clean water because it’s central to who I am as a person. I’m a father. I have two young boys and their health and well-being is my top priority. They need clean water to drink at home, in school, and around the community. We live in Annapolis, Maryland, and spend plenty of time by the Chesapeake Bay and the streams, creeks, and rivers that feed into it. We want that water...
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By Madeleine Raley The University of Maryland (UMD) is one of the largest consumers of freshwater in the state of Maryland, but it’s making big steps in water conservation across campus. Despite the addition of a new dorm in 2011, which added 640 beds and over 180 bathrooms to campus, water consumption levels have remained relatively steady at about a half a billion gallons annually since 2009. This is thanks to mass implementation of new water saving devices such as low-flow toilets, showers, faucets and moisture sensors on irrigation fields. Although I’ve been a student at UMD for the past three years,...
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