Earth Week 2017: Celebrating science!

Reposted from The Downstream Blog: This Earth Week we are celebrating Science at the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Science is at the bedrock of what we do here at DNRP. We are specialists in marine biology, nearshore ecology, environmental chemistry, limnology, toxicology, wildlife biology and biodiversity, microbiology, zoology and more. Our employees collect,…

Brushing dirt off of boots to prevent spread of weeds

Brushing boots really works to keep weeds on site

Why clean your equipment after a long exhausting day controlling noxious weeds? One of the primary modes of weed dispersal is seeds or other propagules hitching a ride on boots, shovels, pant legs and paws. In the case of garlic mustard, the seeds are very small and dark and are not going to be visible…

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…