Thank you to Ketchikan Solid Waste facility
By Victoria McDonald
July 16, 2016
The north end of Ketchikan is most heavily infested; a pulling party is taking place at 10:00 on Friday and Saturday with groups meeting at the Ward Cove post office. One State ferry worker has pulled close to 600 pounds on her property in the Ward Cove area.
This year the Forest Service hired a local botanist, Karen Hutten, to co-ordinate folks who recognize the dangers of invasive plants. Tansy contains a toxic compound responsible for livestock mortality that could be fatal to Sitka black tail deer.
Japanese knotweed is extremely difficult to eliminate; it pushes salmonberries out of the way, clogging waterways and lowering the quality of habitat for fish. Orange hawkweed is everywhere, pushing out native plants.
Our group, the CWMA, (Cooperative Weed Management Area) is applying for grants to further our efforts. We have monthly meetings and welcome those who want to protect our native plants and animals.
Received July 15, 2016 - Published July 16, 2016
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