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Nisqually Knotweed Control Project

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Nisqually Knotweed Control Project

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Project Partners
  3. 3. 2012 Project Update
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 2012 Summer Field Crews 3 field crews allocated to the Upper Nisqually Watershed = *18 workers on the ground + Program Manager
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Nisqually Watershed Control as of 2012
  10. 10. Past Knotweed Treatment 2010 2012
  11. 11. Continued….. 2012 2013
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 2013 Knotweed Control Season 23 Pierce Conservation District and DNR workers dedicated to the Nisqually Watershed
  14. 14. 2013 Treatment Goal
  15. 15. Partnerships at Work……… Department of Natural Resources – Upper Watershed Control Tacoma Power - Alder Lake Survey & Control USFW – Wildlife Refuge & Lower Watershed Control
  16. 16. Upper Nisqually Watershed Mineral Creek 0.5 Mile Knotweed Infestation
  17. 17. New Concerns Knotweed located in tidal influenced zone within the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Knotweed found at Alder Lake Dam
  18. 18. Questions??

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