The National Invasive Species Awareness Week (March 3-8, 2013) kicks off across the county with events highlighting efforts to prevent or slow the spread of invasive species. Invasive weeds and pests are more than a gardener’s dilemma. These species are not native to our area and pose a threat to natural areas, human health, and our local economy.
The estimated economic impact of invasive species totals 143 billion dollars per year within the United States. Within the state of Oregon, the impact associated with just twenty-one invasive weed species costs Oregonians $125 million dollars per year in lost agricultural production, fire damage, and control expenses. We all pay the bill through increased food costs, higher taxes, and decreased property values. These impacts clearly show the economic benefits associated with controlling invasive weeds
Oregon’s beautiful landscape is also threatened by invasive species that invade our forests and natural areas, replacing native beauty with a weedy and degraded landscape. Fish and wildlife suffer with lost habitat. No one wins with invasive species.
Top Three Ways you can observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week
- Learn to identify the invaders and report them: Learn to recognize common invaders and keep an eye out for signs of new ones.Early detection is crucial to stopping the spread of invasive species! Attend these FREE local workshops in Clackamas County:
Getting Wise to Weeds
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Clackamas County Event Center
694 NE 4th Ave. Canby, OR 97013
Getting Wise to Weeds
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Eastham School
1404 7th St., Oregon City, OR 97045
- Join a volunteer weed pull: Many parks and nature reserves manually remove invasive plants with the help of local volunteers. These outings are a great way to get some exercise, enjoy time outdoors, meet new friends, and gain the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to protect your natural heritage. Check the SOLVE (https://www.solv.org/get-involved/event-registration) for opportunities near you.
Spread the word, not the weeds!
- BOATERS and FISHERMEN – Clean, drain, and dry your boat trailer, waders, and gear every time you leave a body of water.
- PET OWNERS – If you have an undesirable pet or fish species for your aquarium or water garden, do not release these plants or animals into the environment. Follow the tips from Habitattitude at https://www.habitattitude.net/
- TRAVELERS, HIKERS, BIKERS, BIRDERS, AND CAMPERS – If enjoy recreational activities like camping, hiking, biking or birding, take care not to carry weed seed or starts with you. Wash your equipment!
- GARDENERS – Not all non-native species are bad, but some plants that look lovely in your garden might be harmful invaders that will make their way into natural areas. Check for native and non-invasive alternatives to common garden invasive species with Gardensmart Oregon.