How To Recognize & Control Invasive Weeds

Weeds are more than just a nuisance. Weeds that have been introduced to Central Washington in the past have totally changed the landscape and natural ecosystem. Noxious weeds are spreading at an alarming rate and seriously threatening rangelands, forests, wetlands, and croplands. Weeds displace native plants, reduce habitat for native animals, and threaten the diversity of wildlands. They spoil pastures and rangelands, alter soil fertility, dry up water supplies, poison animals, decrease agricultural production, clog rivers, and reduce the recreational value of wildlands.

Invasive species typically grow quickly and die during the hottest part of the summer. Dry weeds burn at high temperatures and wind can quickly spread a brush fire around your home. Sparks from cars, tools, cigarettes, or lightning can quickly lead to devastating fires. Establishing a weed-free buffer around your home reduces fire danger.

What Is A Noxious Weed?
Noxious weeds are nonnative plants that have been introduced to Washington through human actions. Because of their aggressive growth and lack of natural enemies in North America, these species are highly destructive, competitive, and difficult to control. "Noxious" is a legal designation, determined by
a weed's potential threat ecologically, socially or economically. Landowners are legally required to control noxious weeds on their land and to prevent seed formation and infestation of adjacent lands.

For information on identifying noxious weeds and controlling them on your property, visit the Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board website or call 509-667-6550

Using an integrated approach to controlling weeds is generally most successful. An integrated approach includes using all methods of control when feasible. These include: mechanical, cultural, chemical, and biological.

The most productive and cost effective approach to controlling weeds is learning how to recognize and eliminate weeds before they become established:

  • Control weeds on your property by removing and replanting.
  • Do not plant invasive weeds.
  • Walk on established trails and remove plant material from your shoes and clothing before and after hiking. u Don’t pick the flowers of noxious weeds and take them home.
  • Keep vehicles out of weed patches and check for clinging weeds before leaving an area.
  • Keep pets and pack animals out of weed patches.
  • Feed pack animals processed food pellets before and during backcountry trips to avoid transporting seed in animal feces.
  • Pack animals should be brushed and their hooves cleaned to eliminate weed seeds.
  • Check watercraft and trailer for clinging aquatic weeds.
  • Volunteer to pull weeds on local trails and roads.

For information on identifying noxious weeds and controlling them on your property, visit the Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board website or call 509-667-6550

Saddle Rock trail will be closed from the trailhead to the top of Saddle Rock
starting September 16th, 2019. Construction is scheduled to finish up by the end
of November. This project will remove mining waste rock piles which have
elevated arsenic levels. Dry Gulch will remain open during construction as well as the Saddle Rock trail on
the WRAC side.

Sometimes technology can take over kids’ lives to the point where they don’t get enough healthy nature connection.

Through nature photography, we can harness that obsession with gadgets and pair it with a natural fascination with the more-than-human world.

And while having a quality camera can definitely give a leg up, any old camera phone or point and shoot camera can create interesting photos. Just use whatever you have on hand.

LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust announced Tuesday it's secured a new 40-acre parcel on the White River watershed, helping complete a network of floodplain and riverfront land held for conservation.

The $160,000 purchase will help maintain habitat and improve public access on the Lower White River where it empties into Lake Wenatchee. It's one of the few properties in the lower five miles of the river that was not owned or managed by the Land Trust, U.S. Forest Service or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As the weather warms, we start to see more thunderstorms roll in from the mountains. Personally, I have loved the flash of lightning, the sound of thunderstorms, and the idea of so much energy bouncing around in the sky since I was a kid. 
Here are some ways to explore thunderstorms with your family. 

During the summer of 2019 CDLT is allowing several partner organizations to use our properties to access the river and improve habitat for salmon and steelhead.  From July 8 to 12 all of the CDLT Entiat Stillwaters properties will be closed to the public because helicopters will be flying logs over the area and the nearby river.  In addition, three of these properties (Bremer, Tyee Confluence, and Troy) will be closed to the public from July 1 to Sept 1 due to heavy equipment operation operating in the fields and along the riverbanks.

WENATCHEE — In a few weeks, hikers of the Jacobsen Preserve will have a story to read.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, with help from the North Central Regional Library, is installing pages from a children’s book to encourage kids to read and go outside.

“It’s something else for kids to do that will foster an appreciation of both those things,” said Kathy Peven, the land trust’s communications coordinator.

Here in North Central Washington, we are surrounded by wildflowers in the spring. It truly is a magical time of year.

It’s easy to love being outside when the weather is beautiful and the hills are covered in green velvet, yellow balsamroot and purple-blue lupine. Farther up valley, we may be seeing calypso orchids, or other forest-dwelling flowers.

Let’s explore how to use the beauty of wildflowers to capture your children’s imagination and help them fall in love with nature.

WENATCHEE — Though normally prohibited, ATVs will be on Saddle Rock next week. GeoEngineers will use them for surveying as part of a project involving removing waste rock piles.

read more in the Wenatchee World

LAKE WENATCHEE — The recently approved state capital budget doesn’t include funding for a Nason Ridge community forest pilot program, but the project could still become a reality.

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, introduced a bill this past legislative session to establish a community forest pilot program under the state Department of Natural Resources. It passed the Senate but never made it to a vote on the House floor.

When I was around 9, I spent countless hours after school watching two colonies of ants on my sidewalk. They marched in meandering lines along the sidewalk, collecting food and carrying it back to the entrance holes to their nests.

When two ants met, they tapped each other all over with their little antennae before passing by. Eventually, two ants from the different colonies would meet, and a battle would start, sometimes escalating into a war. It was like watching an epic movie on a tiny scale.

WENATCHEE — Each year, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust asks volunteers to spend a few hours shoveling and raking the thin dirt strips that zigzag through the Wenatchee foothills. It’s simple but important work that improves trail health, and the time to do it is in the spring when soils are malleable.

“We have very limited soil moisture in Wenatchee, so we tend to try and do a big push for spring maintenance in order to work with the trail tread and the soil when it’s soft and wet,” said Hanne Beener, trail programs manager with the Land Trust.

Curious Wenatchee area residents and visitors can use a newly published brochure to guide identification of locally common native plants and animals. The Wenatchee Area Field Guide is lightweight, waterproof, and costs $8.95. Users are introduced to over 100 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Color illustrations accompany descriptive texts, helping the observer to quickly identify species.