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Governor Proclaims February 26 to March 3 Invasive Species Awareness Week

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, has proclaimed February 26 through March 3 as Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week in solidarity with National Invasive Species Awareness Week. “Invasive species and noxious weeds are already a big problem in Washington and species that have yet to reach our state could pose even greater […]

February 8, 2024Read More

Boot Brushes to Protect the Shrub-Steppe from Noxious Weeds

Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to protecting valuable habitat, Franklin’s words take on a whole new meaning. The Washington Invasive Species Council has received funding to help protect shrub-steppe habitat from noxious weed spread and development. With support from the U.S. Forest […]

January 11, 2024Read More

Student designs wanted for invasive species art contest

SPOKANE–The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invite school-age students to participate in an art contest to help spread the word about not spreading invasive species. Invasive species are plants, animals, and other organisms that don’t naturally live in Washington and, when brought here, can cause economic and environmental harm. Invasive species […]

November 14, 2023Read More
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Best identified by the five spines, or marginal teeth, on either side of their eyes, the European green crab is a hardy and voracious predator wreaking havoc in its introduced range. Unfortunately, this includes Washington. The European green crab will devour clams, mussels, and other native shellfish. They also have destructive digging behavior that ruin habitat. Next week during Invasive Species Awareness Week, we are hosting a webinar with experts from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Come learn more about this invasive crab and all the efforts surrounding its management. Also, learn about how you can help and get involved! This webinar will take place on Feb. 28 from 1- 2:15 pm. Pacific Time. Register now: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/projects/invasive-species-awareness-week/ ... See MoreSee Less
What did this structure used to be before the mussels arrived? Having trouble figuring it out? We are too. Unfortunately, this is very typical behavior of invasive mussels: generations upon generations grow on top of each other, until they completely clog anu hard surface, including pipes (power plants, irrigation,) infrastructure, and boat parts. Additionally, they alter entire ecosystems, and pose a threat to salmon recovery efforts. We are grateful they are not present in Washington, but we are always preparing and monitoring. Learn more about Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife's comprehensive plan for the continued protection of our state's waters from these harmful invasive species. This free webinar will take place on Tues. Feb. 27, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Register now! https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/event/… ... See MoreSee Less
Fifty years is a long time! That's how long Washington State Department of Agriculture has been working to keep spongy moths from establishing in our state. Learn all about this program and ways you can help! It's the topic of our first free webinar next week for Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week. Learn some new things, and get a free pesticide recertification credit while you're at it! Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Pacific Timehttps://invasivespecies.wa.gov/event/celebrating-fifty-years-washingtons-spongy-moth-program/ ... See MoreSee Less
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