Our WeedWise program is in the business of preventing and controlling invasive weeds. As anyone that spends much time battling invasive weeds can attest, this work can feel a little daunting at times. And day after day, battling yet another bothersome patch of invasive weeds, it’s easy to lose sight of the real reason that we are controlling these plants…their impact.
One of the greatest impacts that invasive weeds have is crowding out and replacing our native flora. These native plants characterize our natural areas and provide the food and shelter our wildlife needs. They are what help make Oregon…Oregon!
Native Plant Appreciation Week is April 21-27, 2019. This week provides us all with a great opportunity to reflect on why we work so hard to control invasive weeds. Join us in celebrating the native flora that defines our wonderful state.
Give Weeds the Brush Off!
One of the best ways to enjoy Native Plant Appreciation Week is to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of our state. Before you venture out to your favorite wildflower hiking spot, however, make sure to clean your boots, clothing, and equipment to avoid spreading invasive weed seeds. Human activities are one of the primary ways that invasive weeds move, so help Stop Invasive Weeds in Your Tracks!
In celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week, our WeedWise Program is offering a free Native Plant Appreciation Week Field Kit complete with a PlayCleanGo boot brush, a Willamette Valley Native Plant Poster, and a Worst Weeds of the Gorge invasive plant guide. These kits are available to anyone pledging to “give weed the brush off.”
To claim your kit, just stop by the Clackamas SWCD office during Native Plant Appreciation Week (April 21-27, 2019). Be sure to tell your friends and help raise awareness about the importance of cleaning your boots, clothing, and equipment before visiting our high-quality natural areas.
Enjoy our native plants by venturing out this week, and help to Spread the Word and Not the Weeds!
You can also show your appreciation by learning more about native plants. Check out some of the links below for native plant information and activities underway in celebration of Native Plant Awareness Week.