Fed Funds Help With Invasive Plant Control


Diana Gish/KMXT

When is a weed something other than just a nuisance in the garden? When that weed is also an invasive species. So what’s the big deal about invasive species? Invasive plants coordinator Blythe Brown of Kodiak’s soil and water conservation district explains: < ![endif]--> < ![endif]--> < ![endif]--> < ![endif]-->

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Dealing with invasive plants in Kodiak has been the responsibility of the small staff of the Soil and Water Conservation District along with local volunteers. The agency is connected to the state but is not state-funded. It depends on grant funding to manage its operations. Now, new federal funds are giving the conservation district’s invasive species program a needed boost with the addition of another employee.

(Weeds 2 "The Kodiak soil … here in Kodiak.")

Brown said that she’s relied on community outreach to help carry out the mapping of invasive species on the island. Invasive species of weeds in undisturbed habitats are some of the most troublesome. Once problem areas are located then the best removal method has to be determined.

(Weeds 3 "You need to … species treated.")

Brown said that if anyone is interested in joining the battle against invasive weeds, help is always welcome.

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The Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District office is located in the Strout’s building above Tony’s bar. The phone number is 486-5574.

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