Japanese Knotweed

Get rid of noxious weeds

Do You Hike? Want to Help Get Rid of Noxious Weeds?
Become a Weed Watcher

With summer comes noxious weeds, and this year public agencies need hikers to help find infestations in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and trails in the Middle Fork and South Fork Snoqualmie areas of King County. Classes will train Weed Watchers how to identify invasive species, record and collect data with GPS units and control some weeds. The volunteers will choose which trails they want to “adopt” in a particular area this summer.

June 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. –Alpine Lakes Weed Watchers “Master Training”
Classroom instruction and field training prepares volunteers to lead surveys.
Snoqualmie Ranger Station, Back Conference Hall, 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, Wash. 98045

June 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Upper Snoqualmie Weed Watchers Orientation
Classroom instruction and field training prepares volunteers to survey trails.
Snoqualmie Ranger Station, Back Conference Hall, 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, Wash. 98045

June 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Alpine Lakes Weed Watchers “Assistant Training”
Project orientation for volunteers who want to assist fully-trained volunteers with surveys.
The Mountaineers Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Wash. 98115

Volunteers can register to train for the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Weed Watchers on the Mountaineers website and contact Sarah Krueger for more information at 206-521-6012. To join the Upper Snoqualmie Weed Watchers contact Sasha Shaw at 206-263-6468.

Uncontrolled, weeds like oxeye daisy can monopolize alpine meadows, English ivy will cover forest canopies and Japanese knotweed will choke creek-side vegetation. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Washington Department of Natural Resources have teamed up with the Mountaineers, the Mountains to Sound Greenway and King County Noxious Weed Program to train volunteers to find invasive plants on trails. The National Forest Foundation provided a grant to inventory weeds in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Learn more about noxious weeds, workshops and events from the King County website.

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