Posts tagged: weeds
HABITAT — Keep your fingers crossed, ranchers, farmers and hunters. Maybe this will work — and yellow starthistle will be next!
WSU researcher puts cheatgrass enemy to test in Idaho
Ann Kennedy believes ACK55, a bacteria that naturally occurs in soils, is a natural enemy of cheatgrass, and the Washington State University is putting the bacteria to the test on cheatgrass on a 7-acre plot at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Canyon County.
HUNTING DOGS — The national plant of veterinarians across the West is in full bloom.
Cheatgrass that was only a spotty problem two weeks ago has been cured by the recent heat wave and I can tell you from personal experience that it's at full capacity to inflict harm on your dog's ears, toes, nose and other body parts.
I'm plugging my dogs' ears with cotton for even the shortest romp, and checking them thoroughly afterward, especially between the toes.
I'll be suspending most field dog training and doing most of my dog's physical conditioning by taking him hiking in the mountains and throwing retrieving dummies into lakes.
The extreme danger to dogs will continue until some point in August when wind and pounding thunderstorms drive most of the seed spears to the ground.
STATE PARKS — A group of volunteers from various local groups — more are needed! — are meeting Wednesday in an effort to curb the spread of knapweed in Mount Spokane State Park.
To join the group, wear good boots and meet at 10 a.m. at the hairpin turn parking lot inside the park at the Mount Kit Carson Loop Road trailhead.
Bags will be provided but bring gloves and whatever else you need to be comfortable working outdoors in the sun (water, hat, sun glasses, snacks/lunch, sun screen etc). A small spade or old screwdriver might also help.
The group plans to work for a couple hours, break for lunch and then perhaps hike the park trails in the afternoon.
Read on for details about spotted knapweed from from the Spokane County Weed Board:
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — An Idaho Fish and Game employee was injured Thursday in an ATV accident along the lower Salmon River below Eagle Creek.
Mark Parks, 57, of Lewiston, was working by himself spraying weeds with an ATV-mounted tank sprayer when the ATV rolled over on him, reports Mike Demick at the agency's regional office in Lewiston.
Parks used his emergency satellite transmitter to call for help.
A Lewiston-area medical evacuation helicopter, based at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical center, was dispatched in response. Parks was transported to Lewiston and eventually flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Hospital in Spokane for treatment of multiple broken bones.
He remains hospitalized in stable condition, Demick said.
ENVIRONMENT — Anglers wading in rock snot or hikers walking through fields of spotted knapweed should be easy converts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new campaign to raising awareness of invasive species.
Native plant and wildlife species suffer the most from invasions of exotics.
If everyone chips in, the costly battle against a long list of invasives could be more effective.
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has summarized the campaign in “Seven Simple Steps” to leave invasive pests – non-native insects, other animals, plants and diseases that feed on America’s crops, trees and plants – behind.
The national “watch list” has been expanded to include 15 of the most damaging “Hungry Pests” that can cause havoc with our native flora and fauna.
Nature didn't stand still while I've been on vacation.
In the past two weeks, the cheatgrass has gone from green and soft to cured with spear-like seedheads that cling to socks and fur.
I just brushed dozens of cheat seeds out of my dog's fur after a training run.
The season has come to stuff cotton in a hunting dog's ear's before going afield. I could buy a yacht with the money I've spent over the years to have veterinarians extract cheatgrass seeds from deep inside my dogs' ears.
TRAILS — I'm working late today, after taking the morning off to give a little TLC to a local hiking-biking route.
Portions of the route were overwhelmed by spotted knapweed a few years ago before I started spot-spraying the weeds as they emerge in spring. Now the route looks good, and I'm sure most users have no idea how miserable it was to walk or mountain bike the path in its infested state.
Maintenance is still required.
Today I spot-sprayed 2 gallons of herbicide on knapweed florets one little squirt at a time. I'll have to head out two or three more times to get it all. Then I'll pull the survivors a few here and there during morning walks with the dogs.
That's one way to win a war that must be fought.
URBAN FORESTS — The Friends of the High Drive Bluff are organizing a discussion on the proposed Fire Risk Reduction Plan for that popular South Hill recreation area on Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St.
Anyone interested in the Bluff is welcome and encouraged to participate.
Last spring, community members identified fire risk reduction as a high priority for the Bluff and for neighboring homes. Attend this workshop to learn details of the plan, get answers to your questions, and learn how you can help with the project.
Contact: Diana Roberts, WSU Spokane County Extension, (509) 477-2167, email email@example.com
TRAILS — Hikers and bikers are attracted to the trails on the South Hill bluff below High Drive — and so are noxious weeds!
Consider joining the group of volunteers donating some time to help manage the weed problem with a little muscle power.
The group met last week and the project continues TONIGHT.
Meet at 6:30 pm at Polly Judd Park at 1732 West 14th Ave. At 8 pm we will adjourn to the Rocket Market (or somewhere you suggest) for a beverage and to socialize!
“This week we will cut spotted knapweed plants away from sections of the trail where they are impeding trail use,” said facilitator Diana Roberts of the WSU County Extension. “We will create a demonstration area that will be sprayed with herbicide next spring to impede weed growth along the trail.”
Bring work gloves, sturdy garden clippers, and water to drink. Long pants, long sleeved shirts, and hiking boots are the recommended attire.
Info: Diana Roberts, (509) 477-2167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAILS — Volunteers interested in helping manage noxious weeds on Spokane’s High Drive Bluff are invited to participate in a work party this evening, (Aug 17).
“We will cut rush skeletonweed plants away from sections of the trail where they are impeding trail use,” said group facilitator Diana Roberts of the WSU Spokane County Extension.
Next Wednesday (Aug. 24), volunteers will focus on controlling knapweed.
“Be sure to bring work gloves, sturdy garden clippers and water to drink. Long pants, long sleeved shirts, and hiking boots are the recommended attire.”
Meet: 6:30 p.m. at the trailhead south of Bernard St. and High Drive.
“At 8 p.m. we will adjourn to the Rocket Market for a beverage and to socialize,” Roberts said.
Info: Diana Roberts (509) 477-2167 or email@example.com.
CONSERVATION — Vehicles can pick up large numbers of seeds from weeds and other plants and spread them for miles, especially when the vehicles are driven off-trail and under wet conditions.
This factor in the spread of noxious weeks is documented in a story in a new Montana State University Extension publication describing field studies that measure the extent to which vehicles pick up and disperse weed seeds.
Some of the findings include:
The researchrs say preventing the spread of weeds into non-infested areas is the most effective and efficient way to manage weeds over the long term.
To help prevent the spread of weeds, washing vehicles frequently is beneficial with particular concentration on wheel wells. Washing vehicles is especially important before and after driving on roads with high densities of weeds along the edges or after driving off-road or trail.
INVASIVE SPECIES — A program to prevent a noxious weed from establishing itself along the Snake River watershed in northwest Wyoming is being declared a success.
The Jackson Hole Weed Management Association began the project in 2001 after saltcedar — also known as tamarisk — was discovered along the banks of the Snake River near Hoback Junction. Tamarisk has taken over shorelines of many rivers in Utah with 7-foot talk willow-like forests along the river bottoms.
Over the last 10 years, 125 saltcedar locations were located, mapped and treated.
The effort has kept saltcedar from establishing itself along the Snake River from Jackson Lake dam to Palisades Reservoir. During the 2009 and 2010 surveys, no new saltcedar infestations were located, and all prior infestations showed no new plants.
But program managers tell the Jackson Hole News & Guide that vigilance is needed to prevent infestations by other unwanted plants.
INVASIVE SPECIES – Sandpoint-area residents are organizing this week to pounce on an new unwanted aquatic invader to Lake Pend Oreille.
A public work party to stop the spread of flowering rush will begin Saturday, 1 p.m., at Sandpoint City Beach.
Like other aquatic invasive plants, flowering rush crowds out native vegetation and interferes with swimming and navigation. Yet, in some places, it's sold as a decorative plant.
According to the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, the infestation is still at a manageable level, but the group is devoting the week to coordinating with school groups to tackle flowering rush infestations in Boyer slough, Denton Slough, Clark Fork Delta and Dover.
Read on for details.
INVASIVE SPECIES — Eloika Lake's “milfoil monster” will be addressed in an upcoming program geared to anglers, property owners and anyone else who wants information on this threat to a popular lake — and the waters downstream.
Local Wildlife” photos and the “Eloika Milfoil Monster” are two visual presentations scheduled by the Eloika Lake Association on Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Inland Grange in Elk. Folks who sign in will be entered in a free drawing for an air boat tour of Eloika Lake courtesy of Lake Restoration Services.
Jim Bottoroff, Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, and David Ross, Spokane Conservation District resource technician, will present photos and stories and answer audience questions about wildlife and wild aquatic weeds commonly found near Eloika starting at 6:30 p.m. at Inland Grange.
The grange is located at 37147 N. Conklin Rd., southeast of Elk at the corner of Conklin and Nelson roads.
Even though fishing on Eloika Lake remains good, a project is underway to address the threat invasive Eurasian Water Milfoil plant poses to fisheries. This summer marks the second year that milfoil will be treated as part of a state grant acquired by the Eloika Lake Association in cooperation with the Spokane County conservation district.
“Last year there was a 95percent success rate in the areas treated for Milfoil, so this is really good news for anyone who recreates here,” said Tammy Magnuson, Vice President of the Eloika Lake Association.
HABITAT — Pend Oreille County property owners can learn to manage pests and noxious weeds and sign up for neighborhood cost-share assistance in a free March 26 workshop offered by WSU Pend Oreille County Extension and the Weed Board.
The event runs 8 a.m.-noon at Camas Center for Community Wellness, 1821 N. LeClerc Rd. in Usk.
Pre-register: (509) 447-2402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read on for details.