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

I’ve spent my life exploring this country’s wild spaces. Hiking alone, exploring nature’s wonders and listening to birds has brought me comfort and peace for decades. My primary concern in those moments has always been that our wild spaces will disappear and that future generations won’t have the opportunity to listen to the sweet songs of birds in the spring.

For generations, farmers and ranchers in Central Washington have understood that in order to continue their important job of feeding the world, we must work together to conserve one of our most precious assets: our land.

Earthworms are everywhere, and every child has up-close and personal interactions with them, but we don’t think about them a lot. When we really stop to think about earthworms, what do we really know?

Exploring for earthworms is a great way to get kids outside, interacting with the natural world this spring.

CDLT Trails Program Manager Hanne Beener gives an update about the Wenatchee Foothills trail system on this KOHO101 radio interview.

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A KOHO101 radio interview with Mayor Frank Kunz from Tues., March 31, 2020

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WENATCHEE — The Horse Lake Trail Runs scheduled for May 9 have been postponed until September 19 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, RunWenatchee announced in a press release Tuesday.

“It’s happening with a lot of races,” race director Joel Rhyner said Tuesday. “Everything from the Boston and Eugene marathon to trail races in the Methow Valley and Yakima. Basically, every race in the March, April and May window is either flat-out canceling or postponing till later in the year to try and salvage at least some of the season.”

The Land Trust has been working with our partners over the last week or so and the Sage Hills Trails system will open early this year – tomorrow, March 25th – a week earlier than the standard April 1st opening date.

As busy as the holiday season can be, I always look forward to the quiet and hush of winter in nature. It’s a great time to get outside with your family and focus on something you might miss the rest of the year.

Our evergreen, coniferous trees give us a bit of green all year round. And with a little practice, kids can learn to tell the difference and find out what these trees have to teach us.

So what is an evergreen, and what’s a conifer?

Chelan County Natural Resource Department has resurrected and revamped CDLT's Good Neighbor Handbook. Take a look at this fabulous resource!

As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust wants to remind the community of the annual trails closure from Dec. 2 - April 1 of all Wenatchee Foothills trails north of Fifth Street.

A couple of months ago, in the column about exploring lakes and ponds, we talked about a lake’s watershed. Now, if you read that and your first thought was “is that a building that stores water?” — you’re not alone.

A watershed is all the land that drains water to a central location, such as a river, lake, or ocean. It’s important to know about our local watersheds, because what happens in one part of a watershed can affect all of us downstream.

So, this month, we’re learning about watersheds and discovering ways to explore them with kids.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has given what locals know as “Saddle Rock” an official name: Saddle Rock

Native American legend tells of Black Bear and Grizzly Bear constantly bickering until one day Coyote turned them both to stone, forming what early pioneers and settlers referred to as “Squaw Saddle”.