A stealthy predator is sneaking up on Alaska’s landscapes.
Now, Gov. Sean Parnell is declaring war on invasive weeds. He proclaimed June 22-28 Invasive Weeds Awareness Week.
It’s a call to action for all Alaskans. Community events are being held around the state to teach people how to prevent them from spreading.
Once established, these unwanted plants can wreak havoc on ecosystems and budgets across the state.
Youth volunteers from Southcentral Foundation did their part on Tuesday by pulling weeds at Kincaid Park. They were citizen weed warriors on a mission.
“We’re out pulling white sweet clover and bird vetch to kind of help get a handle on these high-priority invasive weeds, help spread some awareness and help protect Alaska,” said Tim Stallard, invasive plant program coordinator with the Anchorage Park Foundation.
According to the Anchorage Park Foundation, invasive plants infest 100 million acres in the U.S. and cost $140 billion a year to control.