US Forest Service: Invasive Plants Program Accomplishments - 2017

The US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region recently released their Invasive Plants Program Accomplishments for the 2017 fiscal year. Some of the invasive species causing the greatest adverse effects in the region, as noted in the report, include knapweeds, Medusahead, Ventenata, annual Bromes, houndstongue, hawkweeds, reed canarygrass, and Scotch broom. During 2017, the Pacific Northwest Region exceeded their target and completed over 52,000 acres of invasive plant treatment. Some regional highlights include:

  • Over 600 acres in the Sandy River Delta has been restored to hardwood forests and native understory plants as a result of invasive plant treatments, recreational enhancements, and native species planting.

  • Nearly eradicated Eurasian watermilfoil from Coldwater Lake in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

  • Inspected well over 160 gravel pits, both Forest Service and commercial, to develop weed free rock and gravel sources.

  • Developed new partnership with the Burns Paiute Tribe to treat invasive plants in ancestral- use territories on national forest lands.

  • Provided invasive plant prevention messaging to the Information Center for the 2017 total solar eclipse. 3,357 total public contacts were made.

You can read/download the full report by clicking the image below: