Cooperative Weed Management Area to host weed pull

Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2009

JUNEAU - The Juneau Cooperative Weed Management Area will sponsor an invasive weed pull at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Invasive weeds to be pulled include orange hawkweed, dame's rocket and bishop's weed. A tour of the arboretum will follow at 11:30 a.m.

This event will be held as a part of Alaska Weeds Awareness Week, June 21 to 27. Alaska Weeds Awareness Week is a statewide campaign aimed at educating Alaskans regarding invasive weeds and encouraging community members to take action against invasive weed spread. This event provides an opportunity for community members to get involved in Juneau's invasive weed control efforts.

Invasive weeds are defined as weeds that are nonnative plants that grow aggressively in their new environments and displace native species. Invasive weeds are opportunistic species that mature early, grow fast, and are excellent reproducers. They generally have hardy seeds that survive for several years and many also spread through rapid vegetative growth. By displacing native species, reducing nesting and foraging habitat, and changing soil structure invasive weeds are detrimental to natural ecosystems. Eradication of invasive weeds can also be time consuming and expensive.

The Juneau CWMA is a partnership between local botanists, agency biologists, tribal environmental leaders and local non-profit organizations that work to manage noxious and invasive weeds in Juneau. This partnership allows for all parties to work more effectively on invasive weed control and education efforts. The Juneau CWMA is currently working towards creating a comprehensive weed management plan for Juneau.

The Jensen-Olson Arboretum is located 23 miles north of downtown Juneau. Volunteers should come prepared to get dirty and wet. Children supervised by an adult are welcome, and water and coffee will be provided. For more information, please call Marie Heidemann with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service at 796-6241 or e-mail at meheidemann@alaska.edu.



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