A survey completed last year by the U.S. Forest Service identified 92 invasive plant species in the region. Some of these noxious weeds pose a grave threat to our wildlife, fish habitat and subsistence resources.
Once invasive plants move into an area, they can become very costly to manage. Idaho spends an estimated $300 million per year on invasive species control.
Montana pays over $14 million annually just to manage the growth of spotted knapweed, an invasive plant that has also spread into Southeast Alaska.
You can help in the battle against invasive weeds in Juneau. In observance of Alaska Weed Awareness Week, June 24-29, Juneau Invasive Plants Action (JIPA) invites you to roll up your sleeves and join our members and other volunteers as we "pull together" at two invasive weed pulls on Friday, June 29.
Our primary targets will be Common Tansy and Ornamental Jewelweed. Both JIPA weed pulls begin at 9 a.m.:
Learn to identify non-native plants
Do not plant flowers, trees or shrubs which are known to be invasive
Do not plant wildflower seed mixes that contain invasive species or weeds
Stop new infestations. Pull weeds if the patch is small, put weeds in plastic bags and dispose of properly Leave native plants intact, only pull weeds that you can identify
Have visitors from the lower 48 clean their hiking boots and other outdoor gear before visiting
Brush pets before and after backcountry trips to remove hitchhiking seeds
Alert appropriate land management agency to any infestations you find
Ornamental Jewelweed Weed Pull-Meet at Lena Park baseball diamonds past Auke Rec on the downhill side.
Be sure to wear gloves and boots, and bring weather appropriate gear. Locations and times are subject to change, please contact the Juneau Watershed Partnership at 586-6853 for more information before the day of the event.
Publications on invasive plant impacts and identification are available at the Juneau Watershed Partnership, located in the Senate Mall Building in downtown Juneau. Give the Partnership a call at 586-6853, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on invasive plants in Southeast Alaska.
Beverly Anderson is the Executive Director of the Juneau Watershed Partnership, with thanks to Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, Juneau Invasive Plants Action and the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida.