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Presentation Given By: Renee Mitchell, Pierce Conservation District

Presentation Given By: Renee Mitchell, Pierce Conservation District

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Nisqually Knotweed Control Project Nisqually Knotweed Control Project Presentation Transcript

  • Nisqually Knotweed Control Project Presented to the Nisqually River Council by: Renee Mitchell Pierce Conservation District 5430 66th Avenue East Puyallup, WA 98371 (253) 845-9770 reneem@piercecountycd.org
  • Project Partners
  • 2012 Project Update
  • Funding for 2012 consisted of:   Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)   WSDA Knotweed Program   Department of Natural Resources – Job Creation Bill Grant   USFWS Grant - Private Landowner Grant
  • 2012   PCD continued knotweed awareness to the public via outreach letters, brochures, face-to-face meetings, emails, and phone calls   Presented a Knotweed Educational Workshop to the town of Eatonville   Presented knotweed education awareness to: Nisqually River Council, Roy Salmon Homecoming, Pierce County SWM WCC crew & Noxious Weed Control staff, UW Center For Sustainable Forestry - Pack Forest, Nisqually Stream Stewards, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)   Held a knotweed bending event with the U.S. Forest Service sponsored Discovery Teams – bent 5 acres of knotweed above Big Creek
  • 2012 Summer Field Crews 3 field crews allocated to the Upper Nisqually Watershed = *18 workers on the ground + Program Manager
  • Upper & Lower Watershed:  Goat Creek, Big Creek, Reese Creek, Roundtop Creek, East Creek, Mashel River, Lynch Creek, Ohop Lake, Ohop Creek, Medicine Creek, McAllister Creek, Red Salmon Creek, and several Unnamed Tributaries
  • 30.25 total miles of river & creeks surveyed within the watershed   54 private & public-owned parcels surveyed and treated   7.7 new miles of initial treatment in the upper watershed   338 acres of knotweed infestations treated   * Treatment estimated at a 90% mortality rate
  • Nisqually Watershed Control as of 2012
  • Past Knotweed Treatment 2010 2012
  • Continued….. 2012 2013
  • Problems encountered   Poor property access within Upper Watershed – Lewis County side of river   Difficult terrain   Extreme heat in the late summer   Patchy satellite coverage for surveying in remote areas
  • 2013 Knotweed Control Season 23 Pierce Conservation District and DNR workers dedicated to the Nisqually Watershed
  • 2013 Treatment Goal
  • Partnerships at Work……… Department of Natural Resources – Upper Watershed Control Tacoma Power - Alder Lake Survey & Control USFW – Wildlife Refuge & Lower Watershed Control
  • Upper Nisqually Watershed Mineral Creek 0.5 Mile Knotweed Infestation
  • New Concerns Knotweed located in tidal influenced zone within the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Knotweed found at Alder Lake Dam
  • Questions??