Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.To help combat the $1.3 billion threat invasive species pose to Washington's economy every year, the Washington Invasive Species Council is inviting the public to the frontlines of its work by detecting invasive species and reporting them on its newly improved WA Invasives app. The free app enables anyone to report a plant or animal by collecting photographs, geographic coordinates, and sighting information. Users recreating in the backcountry also can collect data offline, when cellular service isn't available. The app also acts as digital field guide.
Washington Invasive Species Council.The states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are urging people to report any feral pig sighting by calling a toll-free, public hotline, the Swine Line: 1-888-268-9219. The states hope the hotline will help them eradicate and curb the spread of feral pigs and provide a better sense of the number of pigs here. See also: Agencies Encourage Reporting of Feral Swine (Nov 21, 2016). The Washington Invasive Species Council, Washington Department of Agriculture, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have issued a news release asking landowners, hikers, hunters, and other recreationists to report feral swine.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Debris has reached Washington's ocean beaches from the tsunami that accompanied the devastating earthquake in Japan in Mar 2011. Some large tsunami debris, such as metal drums, boats and docks, may contain hazardous substances or invasive species. If you find debris that may pose a life-threatening risk, call 911 immediately. Report other tsunami-related debris to the Washington State Marine debris hotline: 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278). If you believe the debris may be contaminated with aquatic invasive species (AIS), please use the online Invasive Species Reporting Form. Contact DisasterDebris@noaa.gov with all other marine debris concerns and questions.
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.As hunters head into the backcountry this fall, several state agencies are asking them to watch out for noxious weeds, to report any they find and to take easy steps to prevent their spread. State agencies are reminding are reminding hunters that boots and equipment that might carry noxious weed seeds could spread these destructive plants to new areas, damaging habitat and leading to poor conditions for wildlife. Hunters are asked to clean their boots and gear and also to report any noxious weeds they find to help the State inventory these species – especially new infestations.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.The Washington State Watercraft Passport is free and available for use by the public. The passport is primarily designed for Washington residents who regularly transport recreational watercraft in and out of the state, but is available to any boater. The passport can help boaters to keep track of the waters they've visited and aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection stations they've stopped at.
Washington Invasive Species Council.
The Washington Invasive Species Council created the Washington Invasive Species Education, or WISE, Web site to inform people about the invasive species problem, how invasive species are spread and introduced (pathways), and how we all can be part of the solution. By raising awareness of invasive species, we will help prevent their spread and impacts. Let's all be WISE!
State Specific Threats
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Includes invasive species by category for insects, diseases, plants, and animals.
See also: Invasive Species Status Report by Congressional District
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.Provides fact sheets, maps and collection information for aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates occurring outside of their native range.
USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS). National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS).Provides State pest detection contacts, recent state exotic pest news, links to state pest resources, and a list of state CAPS survey targets.
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
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Thurston County Noxious Weed Control (Washington).