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Tree-of-Heaven Falls Far from the Name

If you start looking around Clackamas County, it won’t take you long to find the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima).  This state-listed noxious weed is increasingly more common in many of our urban areas where it flourishes.  Tree-of-heaven seems right at home in alleys, roadsides, railways, vacant lots, that crack in the sidewalk.  Very large trees […]

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Tansy Ragwort Poisons Livestock and Neighborly Relationships!

Tansy ragwort has long tormented rural landowners who graze livestock. Horses and cows are especially susceptible to this poisonous weed. In open fields, grazing animals will generally avoid eating tansy ragwort, but in heavily infested pastures they may have few other options.  Contaminated hay is particularly a problem because it becomes impossible for feeding animals […]

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It is National Pollinator Week!

It is National Pollinator Week! June 21-27, 2021 has been designated as National Pollinator Week in Oregon and across the country!  Join the WeedWise program and other organizations across the country in celebrating our native pollinators. Summer is here and the weeds and wildflowers are blooming all around us. This burst of summer color also […]

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Recently discovered organic herbicide shown to be safe and effective against all invasive weeds!  

Invasive weeds can be extremely damaging and pose a real threat to the social, economic, and ecological health of our communities.  One important tool for controlling large infestations of invasive weeds is herbicides. Industrial herbicides have been used to manage large infestations of invasive weeds since the 1940s, but their use is problematic for some […]

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Its National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 22-26, 2021) 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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Year in Review: A WeedWise Annual Report 2020

We are celebrating another year in the books! This past year is certainly one that none of us will soon forget. A year shaped by a global pandemic, social and political unrest, and wildfires that have raged across Clackamas County, 2020 is certainly a year best viewed in hindsight. Despite all turmoil, the WeedWise program […]

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Naughty and Nice for 2020

We’ve been making a list, And checking it twice, Now its time to find out Who has been naughty and nice! It is a WeedWise tradition for each of our staff to select our annual “Naughty and Nice” plants for the year. Check out the latest from our staff in this fun holiday tradition! Happy […]

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Tansy Ragwort Poisons Livestock and Neighborly Relationships!

Tansy ragwort has long tormented rural landowners who graze livestock. Horses and cows are especially susceptible to this poisonous weed. In open fields, grazing animals will generally avoid eating tansy ragwort, but in heavily infested pastures they may have few other options.  Contaminated hay is particularly a problem because it becomes impossible for feeding animals […]

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Herbicide Residue in Manure, Hay, and Compost

What is Herbicide Residue? In recent weeks, the Oregon Dept of Agriculture announced the discovery of contaminated soil and compost materials from an herbicide known as clopyralid.  This contaminated material was distributed to gardeners in the region causing significant damage to garden plants and landscapes.  This unfortunate event helps to raise awareness of the persistence […]

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It is National Pollinator Week!

It is National Pollinator Week! Join all of us here at the WeedWise program in celebrating our native pollinators. June 22-28, 2019 has been designated as National Pollinator Week and there are activities going on here in Oregon and across the country! Summer is here and the weeds and wildflowers are blooming all around us. […]

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