Quinault Invasive Species Project
The Quinault Invasive Species Project 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 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”.
Non-native invasive plants crowd out our own native plants in forests and prairies on the Quinault Indian Nation, degrade fish and wildlife habitat, and invade our salmon streams.
The Quinault Invasive Species Project has been managing invasive species for years, initially focusing on gorse in the Queets region of the Quinault Indian Nation. In the future, Quinault Division of Natural Resources will broaden the Quinault 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 be monitored for invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Many forest pests, insects and diseases, are also considered “invasive species” and are being supervised.
Environmental Protection Manager, Daniel Ravenel » 360.276.8215 x7301
Habitat Management Scientist, Bill Armstrong » 360.276.8215 x240
Wetland Specialist, Greg Eide » 360.276.8215 x7341
TFW Fish Habitat Biologist, Caprice Fasano » 360.276.8215 x7331
Fish Habitat Biologist, Ben Majsterek » 360.276.8215 x7305
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