Another chance to pull garlic mustard weeds

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

The Alaska Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry (USFS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cooperative Extension Service, and Juneau Invasive Plants Action (JIPA) would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who volunteered at the invasive weed pulling events held on May 18 and June 21. The plant is believed to be confined to this area, and we therefore have a good chance of eradicating it as long as the public is aware of the problem and the community supports the effort.

We would like to thank the land owners in the area for their weed-control efforts and for allowing volunteer and contract crews on their property. Eradicating garlic mustard would be impossible without the gracious cooperation of Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority, and the private landowners in and around the Juneau Indian Village.

Garlic mustard and other invasive weeds threaten wildlife habitat, native vegetation, and biodiversity. They pose ecological problems and can create economic hardship if not eradicated or controlled properly. JIPA will continue to work on invasive plants issues in the City and Borough of Juneau. We will host another weed pulling event on July 19 as part of the statewide Invasive Weeds Awareness Week. Those interested in this event should contact Rachel Morse at (907) 271-2424 ext. 108, Tom Heutte with USFS at (907) 586-8811 ext. 283, or me at the number listed below.

Samia Savell



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