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April’s Weed of the Month: Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an increasingly invasive weed in our community.  Native to central and western Europe, this fast-growing plant commonly invades sites such as parks, trails, roadsides, and streamsides. April is a great time to manage this important invasive weed on your property. Sometimes referred to as Jack-by-the-hedge, garlic mustard is easily identified […]

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Combating Invasive Weeds in the Shadow of the Novel Coronavirus

Here at the WeedWise program, we are all too familiar with the science and strategies behind stopping and slowing the spread of harmful threats to our communities.  Topics such as prevention, early detection, rapid response, containment,  exclusion,  and the disruption of vector pathways are not only familiar to us but are also daily discussion topics […]

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Clackamas SWCD, General Manager Position Announcement: Open Until Filled

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District seeks an experienced General Manager to serve as the chief executive officer of the District. This position acts on behalf of the District Board of Directors and represents the District to public and private customers and partner organizations. The General Manager provides overall leadership for personnel, technical and […]

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The Undesirable Beauty of Lesser Celandine

Each spring we welcome the return of abundant flowers and cherish them as they lift our spirits. Unfortunately, some of these beautiful plants have proven to be aggressive and ultimately highly unwanted. Look out for this one! One such menace is Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) which displaces more desirable plants in lawns, gardens, parks, and […]

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March’s Weed of the Month: Canada thistle

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is a widespread invasive weed found in all parts of Clackamas County.  Unlike the many native thistles found in Oregon, Canada thistle can quickly overrun an area and displace native plants, reduce agricultural yield, and create problems for grazing animals when they infest a field or pasture. They also cost a […]

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Its National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 24-28, 2020) kicks off today! Each year, folks around the country take a week to consider the many impacts that non-native invasive species have on our communities, working lands, natural areas, and pocketbooks.  So take a moment to celebrate with the WeedWise Program to learn a little more about […]

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January’s Weed of the Month: English Ivy

English ivy (Hedera helix) may conjure up images of cozy, country cottages, but don’t be deceived. This invasive weed can destroy buildings, poison pets, and topple trees. The very characteristics that made it a popular ornamental plant – grows quickly, requires little maintenance, provides a “no-mow,” evergreen ground cover — are the things that have […]

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Year in Review: A WeedWise Annual Report 2019

We are celebrating another year in the books! With the new year rapidly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect on our many accomplishments and challenges over the past year.  We have been doing a lot of reflection as we work on our end of year reporting and plan for the […]

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Be our next Clackamas SWCD, General Manager!

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking an experienced General Manager to serve as the chief executive officer of the District. This position acts on behalf of the District Board of Directors and represents the District to public and private customers and partner organizations. The General Manager provides overall leadership for personnel, technical […]

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