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,…

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…

New forest invader called small-flowered jewelweed discovered on Novelty Hill Rd

King County weed specialists recently responded to a report of a new forest invader called small-flowered jewelweed found along Novelty Hill Rd just east of Redmond Ridge. This central Asian species is a widespread invasive plant in European forests, but is still highly localized in North America. According to a 2013 USDA-APHIS report, it is being…

It’s official – Washington bans sale of six new plants including yellow archangel, butterfly bush and lesser celandine

Effective July 24, the list of prohibited plants in Washington just grew by six. The species added include several popular ornamental plants that are now prohibited from sale: butterfly bush (non-sterile varieties), yellow archangel, lesser celandine and all hybrid non-native hawkweeds, including a type of orange hawkweed that was until very recently still being sold in…