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King County, Washington

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Weeds in the news

Weeds sometimes make it to the press. Below are some of the recent (and some of the timeless) news items related to invasive plants.




  • Lake Oswego council takes a whack at invasive trees.  Portland Tribune. December 22, 2011.
    Oregon’s Lake Oswego’s city council has a new permit process that hopes to encourage the removal of invasive trees. Before, residents had to pay permit fees to remove these trees, now they can get a permit in a free, expedited process.

  • Danger of dumping yard waste in natural areas. Woodinville Patch. Novermber 9, 2011.
    This article explains how weeds can spread from yard waste and the problems invasive weeds cause in forests and parks.

  • Battle returns to Black Lake weeds. Chinook Observer. November 8, 2011.
    This article talks about spraying Brazilian elodea in Black Lake, Ilwaco WA. It also includes information about a student group that has been taking water samples to help monitor the lake during the Brazilian elodea control.

  • Board classifies perplexing invader as noxious weed. OPB News. November 3, 2011.
    The Washington State Noxious Weed Board adds Japanese eelgrass to the noxious weed list to help commercial shellfish growers obtain permission to control it.

  • Blackberry's deeply rooted history ends with an ironic twist.  Times Colonist. November 2, 2011.
    This article tells the story of how Luther Burbank discovered Himalayan blackberry and successfully promoted it to commercial growers in North America after a slow start, unfortunately followed by the rapid spread of this plant well beyond where it was planted.








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Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact staff, see the Noxious Weed Control Program Directory, send an email, or call 206-477-WEED (206-477-9333).