Saturday, June 24, 2017

Invasive Species

The term “invasive species” can be any kind of living entity, like an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus or bacteria

that is not native to an ecosystem, like the one we have on the Quinault Indian Nation, and which causes harm.  They can harm the environment, the economy or even human health. Species that grow and reproduce quickly, and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are given the label of “invasive”. 

For example non-native invasive plants crowd out our own native plants in forests and prairies on the Reservation, degrade fish and wildlife habitat, and invade our salmon streams. 

The Quinault Division of Natural Resources Invasive Species Program targets invasive species in the Clearwater and Queets watersheds, lower Quinault tributaries, and the communities of Neilton and Amanda Park.  After successfully treating current invasive species, the program will continue to focus on maintaining and preventing future infestation problems that devastate our wetlands and salmon migration streams if left unprotected. The goal is to find all infestations from the Olympic National Park boundary to the ocean. Some of the efforts are funded by grants from the U.S. EPA and Washington’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

The Quinault Indian Nation has been managing invasive species for years, initially focusing on gorse in the Queets region of the Reservation. In the future, QDNR will broaden the Invasive Species Program from knotweed to other invasive plants such as Scotch broom, gorse and reed canarygrass that negatively affect fish, wildlife, native plants, and timber. Waterways will always be checked for invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Many forest pests, insects and diseases, are also considered “invasive species” and are also being monitored.

 

For more information you can contact the following QDNR team members at 360.276.8215:

Environmental Protection Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x7301

Fisheries Technician, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x286

Environmental Scientist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x292

Fish Habitat Biologist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x7305

TFW Biologist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x7330

Fisheries Senior Scientist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x261

TFW Fish Habitat Biologist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x7331

Marine Resources Scientist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x327

 

Helpful information links regarding Invasive Species:

Invasive Species (Wikipedia)

Invasive Species (National Wildlife Federation)

National Invasive Species Information Center

National Invasive Species Council

Invasive Species Project Partners