The WeedWise program is in the business of preventing and controlling invasive weeds. As anyone that spends much time battling invasive weeds can attest, our work can feel a little daunting at times. We all have those days when we are battling a rather bothersome patch of invasive weeds, and lose sight of the real reason that we are controlling these plants…their impact. One of the greatest impacts that invasive weeds have is by replacing our native flora. These native plants characterize our natural areas and provide the food and shelter our wildlife needs. They are what help make Oregon…Oregon!
Native Plant Appreciation Week is April 21-27, 2019. This event provides a great opportunity for us to reflect on why we work so hard to control invasive weeds. So join us in celebrating the native flora that defines our wonderful state.
Boot Brushes at work! Note the weed seeds captured here. Photo courtesy: Emily Stevenson, Skamania County Noxious Weed Program
Give Weeds the Brush Off!
One of the best ways to enjoy Native Plant Appreciation Week is to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of our state. But before you venture out to your favorite wildflower hiking spot, you will want to make sure to clean your boots, clothing, and equipment to avoid spreading invasive weed seeds. We are one of the primary ways that invasive weeds move, so help Stop Invasive Weeds in Your Tracks!
In celebration of Earth Day and Native Plant Appreciation Week, the WeedWise Program is offering a free Native Plant Appreciation Week Field Kit complete with a PlayCleanGo boot brush, a Willamette Valley Native Plant Poster, and a Worst Weeds of the Gorge invasive plant guide. These kits are available to anyone pledging to “give weed the brush off”. Just stop by the Clackamas SWCD office during Native Plant Appreciation Week (April 21-27, 2019) to claim your packet. Then be sure to tell your friends and help raise awareness about the importance of cleaning your boots, clothing, and equipment before visiting our high-quality natural areas.
So take some time to enjoy our native plants by venturing out this week, and help to Spread the Word and Not the Weeds!
You can also show your appreciation by learning more about native plants. Check some of the links below for native plant information and activities underway in celebration of Native Plant Awareness Week
- Native Plant Society of Oregon
- Washington Native Plant Society
- Oregon Flora Project
- Plant Native
- Pacific Northwest Wildflowers
Native Plant Inspiration