Statewide News Release
(Released: June 20, 2017 - Expired: December 31, 2017)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Tammy Davis, Invasive Species Program Coordinator
(Statewide) – Governor Walker proclaimed June 18th - 24th, 2017 to be Alaska Invasive Species Awareness Week. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game continues to work throughout the year with federal, state, tribal and local entities to prevent, detect and control invasive species statewide. In recognition of Invasive Species Awareness Week, Alaskans are encouraged to participate in invasive species cleanup events, take measures to learn about invasive species and how to prevent their spread, and become familiar with how to report invasive species found at your favorite recreational areas.
- When boating or fishing, remember to Clean, Drain and Dry your boat and trailer, and your fishing equipment before you move between water bodies.
- Report invasive species online by visiting the department’s online Invasive Species Reporter http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=invasive.report or calling the Hotline: 1-877-INVASIVE.
Activities occurring around the state related to Invasive Species Awareness Week include:
- Fish and Game will be continuing their invasive northern pike detection and control measures in Southcentral Alaska, and will be wrapping up a 4-year eradication project in the Soldotna Creek drainage on the Kenai Peninsula.
- The Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District will lead an invasive aquatic plant eradication effort in Chena Slough along with assistance from a number of federal, state, and local entities. Crews will be applying an herbicide to eradicate elodea from Chena Slough June 21st – 23rd.
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service will host an informational table at Bass Pro Shop in Anchorage on Thursday, June 22nd. Stop by to learn about what's here and how to prevent spreading them!
- In Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Office and Tim Stallard of Alien Species Control, LLC will be working with interns from the Southcentral Foundation's RAISE program June 19th – 22nd. Please contact Heather Thamm (907) 230-2370 if you'd like to help with these projects.
- June 20th: bird vetch weed pull along Turnagain Arm Trail (Potter Trailhead), Chugach State Park.
- June 21st morning: RAISE will have a reed canarygrass and bird vetch weed pull at Westchester Lagoon; in the afternoon they'll head to Elderberry Park to pull yellow alfalfa and bird vetch.
- June 22nd morning: two crews will pull bird vetch on the Campbell Creek Trail - one heading west from Elmore and another heading east from Lake Otis. In the afternoon outreach signs will be posted at Taku Lake about the invasive European bird cherry tree, and then a crew will hit the Campbell Creek Trail heading north from Dowling to pull bird vetch and white sweetclover.
- The Municipality of Anchorage's Youth Employment in Parks crew will host a bird vetch weed pull along the Campbell Creek Trail on Thursday, June 22nd.
- The Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service will sponsor a bird vetch weed pull in Seward. Meet at the middle school on June 30th. For more information contact Christina Kriedeman at Christina_kriedeman@nps.gov or 907 422-0542.