Many state agencies are working to combat invasive species–plants, weeds, vines, and even wildlife that crowd out native species. Now there is one place to see information on the state’s worst invaders, report sightings you have while out hiking or biking, or order free educational caribeneers, posters, and pens. Visit the Web site at www.invasivespecies.wa.gov or call the hotline, 1-877-9-INFEST, to report those nasty invaders.
Invasive species are plants and animals that are not native to Washington. They can crowd out local wildlife and plants, destroying entire landscapes? If left unchecked, they can change how Washington looks and what wildlife lives here. Invasive plants and weeds can devastate farming, fishing and other businesses that depend on the state’s natural resources. They also can affect where and how people can recreate in the state’s lakes, rivers and Puget Sound. In Washington, state agencies spend an estimated $28 million every two years to control and prevent the spread of invasive species.
DNR has increased its effort to control noxious weeds on the 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands it manages. To maximize efforts of the invasive species program, DNR has joined forces with other agencies and organizations on weed control projects like the Spartina Eradication Project in Willapa Bay where today it’s estimated that 99 percent of the total infestation has been treated.