Washington Invasive Species
February 26 - March 4 2017
In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed February 26 to March 4, 2017 as Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week in order to raise awareness and identify solutions for invasive species issues.
You Can Help
You can take simple actions to help prevent the introduction and spread of noxious weeds and invasive species:
- Clean your hiking boots, bikes, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles, and other gear before you venture outdoors to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location. Visit the council’s Washington Invasive Species Education (WISE) Web site to learn more about preventing spread.
- On your next walk, watch for noxious weeds. Visit the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board’s Web site to learn about noxious weeds and if you spot some in your yard or while walking in your neighborhood, notify your county noxious weed control board.
- Download the WA Invasives mobile app so you are ready to report sightings of invasive species. Check out the Top 50 worst invaders.
- Dispose of unwanted pets, aquarium plants or water, science kits, or live bait the proper way and NOT by dumping them into waterways. When it comes to unwanted pets or live bait, letting it loose is never the right thing to do. Visit the council's Don't Let It Loose Web page to learn the proper ways to dispose of unwanted pets and plants.
- Going camping? Buy it where you'll burn it, or gather it on site when permitted. Visit the WISE Web site to learn about the potential dangers of moving firewood or the council’s education campaign.
- Use forage, hay, or mulch that is certified as weed free. Visit the Washington Department of Agriculture Web site to see details of its certification program.
- Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invasive plants.
- Volunteer as a Citizen Science Invasive Plant Monitor with the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council. Read the details of the program.
- Become a Master Gardener and help your community identify, report, and properly manage exotic and invasive pests. Read details of the program.
- Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas. Contact your local state or county park, city parks and recreation department, or county WSU Extension office to learn more.
See more solutions for preventing the spread of invasive species at WISE
Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week
- Invasive Species Prevention & Decontamination Event: Protocols for Field Work
- 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, February 28, 2017
- Washington State Natural Resources Building Rotunda
- Columbia Gorge Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop
- 8:30 am - 4:45 pm, March 2, 2017
- Skamania County Hegewald Center Auditorium
- Washington Sea Grant Talk: European Green Crabs in Washington's Salish Sea
- 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, March 2, 2017
- Garden Room (basement floor), Whatcom County Civic Center Annex
- Washington Sea Grant Crab Team European Green Crab Training Workshop
- 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, March 3, 2017
- Kitsap County Building
- Joint Washington & Oregon Invasive Species Council Collaoration Meeting
- Okanogan County Noxious Weed & Invasive Species Awareness Open House
- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, February 23 - Friday, March 3, 2017
- Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Office
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Webinars and Seminars