A photo of Scotch broom in Discovery Park in King County, Washington

Learn the latest on Scotch broom at symposium in Snoqualmie on May 23

Scotch broom is one of the most costly invasive species in Washington, according to a 2017 report commissioned by Washington State agencies. Of the 23 species analyzed, the study found that Scotch broom is near the top of the list in terms of economic impact on Washington’s landscapes, agriculture, business, and recreation. Scotch broom is a serious threat to native…

Patch of garlic mustard emerging in early March. Most of the leaves are still small, but will increase in size over the next few weeks.

Noxious weeds starting to emerge in early March

It might still be snowing in the mountains, but it’s not too early to find noxious weeds starting to emerge. On a recent tour of a few Seattle locations with noxious weed specialist Karen Peterson, I was able to find quite an assortment. We found garlic mustard rosettes that survived the winter starting to grow again.…

New Zealand Mudsnails are a harmful invasive species in Washington and transport o f these animals is prohibited.

Invasive species awareness is an important first step

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week! That means it’s time to find out how we can be part of the solution and not add to the problem, which is serious and getting worse. According to a 2017 study, Washington’s economy and natural resources are being significantly harmed by invasive species, and the damage could become…

King County noxious weed program is hiring

King County is accepting applications until January 13, 2017 to fill an opening for a seasonal noxious weed control specialist. This is a full-time equivalent, benefit-eligible position and typically works 10-11 months a year. See the King County Jobs website for complete information and application instructions (search for Noxious Weed Control Specialist II). Here is a…