Programs for Invasive Weed Management
Eradication of Elodea on the Kenai Peninsula
Elodea is an freshwater invasive aquatic plant that has been discovered in Stormy Lake, Daniels Lake, and Beck Lake, all north of Nikiski. The Kenai Peninsula CWMA, along with expert outside assistance, has launched an aggressive Integrated Pest Mangement Plan with the hopes of completely eradicating this invasive from the Kenai Peninsula, and preventing it's reintroduction.
Please see the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Page for more information on elodea. More will be posted here on the KP-CWMA website soon.
Please see our Educational Materials page for a section of Powerpoint presenations on Elodea, aquatic weed management, and the chemistry behind the herbicides being proposed.
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Annual Invasive Weed Workshop
Since 2003, the Kenai Peninsula CWMA has had an Annual Invasive Weed Workshop. We annually bring invasive plant scientists and managers to discuss innovative control techniques and research finding, lead invasive plant identification workshops, and discuss projects on invasive plant management across the Kenai Peninsula. These events are generally at the end of April and are free to the public.
The 2014 Annual Invasive Weeds Conference will be held on Friday, April 25th at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. Please see the agenda below for a list of topics including an extensive afternoon panel discussion on Elodea management featuring experts from around the state as well as the lower 48.
For more information on the conference, please contact Matt at 235-8177 x117, or Janice at 262-5824.
The 2013 Workshop was a great success and well attended. Thank you to all of our guest speakers and attendees. And a special thanks to the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center for giving us an ideal location!
We are currently planning the 2014 Weed Smackdown. If you have an invasive population or location you'd like to suggest, just click on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
Invasive Plant Citizen-Science Monitoring Program
The Kenai Peninsula CWMA recognizes the importance and need of involving the community in fighting the spread of invasive weeds. GPS devices, invasive plant guides, weed pull equipment and much more are available for use to aid in the identification of invasive weeds and their management. Contact information: Homer Soil and Water Conservation District - (907)235-8177 ext. 5
Invasive Plant Cost-Share Program for Private Land Owners
The Kenai Peninsula CWMA recognizes the hardships involved with managing invasive weeds on private lands. The CWMA has a cost-share program to subsidize private landowners for managing non-native, invasive weeds with non-chemical techniques. The major objective of this program is to conserve critical habitat from aggressive invasive weeds. For more information on the program's targeted invasives and habitats, contact Homer Soil and Water Conservation District - (907)235-8177 ext. 5 or click on the link below.