July Newsletter

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July 2016 Newsletter 


Mat-grass (Nardus stricta) is a non-native bunchgrass that is able to out-compete desired pastured grasses due to its lack of palatability to grazing livestock. It is difficult to locate and eradicate because of its ability to mix in with other grasses. It is a perennial, strongly rooted grass that can send flower spikelets up to eight inches tall. It is not widespread in Oregon, however a population has been identified in Clatsop County, which is being actively managed by Oregon Department of Agriculture and other partners. (http://www.oregon.gov/oda/shared/Documents/Publications/Weeds/MatgrassProfile.pdf, http://www.imapinvasives.org/storymat-grass)

If you suspect that your land contains mat-grass, please contact CSWCD at 503-325-4571.

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Early Detection Rapid Response

Clatsop SWCD is the leading agency for county-wide noxious weed control in Clatsop County. We work with local partners and volunteers to select weed control priorities for our county and strive to promote regional collaboration for efficient control efforts. One of the most effective ways to control the spread of an exotic noxious species or to eradicate the undesired population is Early Detection and Rapid Response.

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a two part process that requires both agencies and local residents to work together.

Step 1) Early Detection
Finding and correctly identifying a problem species in the vast expanse of Clatsop County is the biggest hurdle for noxious weed control efforts. The below species have been identified as species that will cause detrimental effects to our economy, human health, and ecology if allowed to establish in Clatsop County:

Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba)
Shiny Geranium (Geranium lucidum)
Spurge Laurel (Daphne laureola)
Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)
Lesser Celandine (Runuculus ficaria)
False Indigo (Ammorpha frudicosa)
Perennial Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium)
Darwin’s Barberry (Berberis darwinii)
Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)
Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
Garden Loostrife (Lysimachia vulgaris)
Yellow Floating Heart (Mymophoides peltata)
Yellowflag iris (iris pseudacorus)

Step 2) Rapid Response
After identifying a potential noxious weed please report it! Using the Oregon Invasives Hotline at oregoninvasiveshotline.org is the best way to report a potential invader. The Oregon Invasives Species Hotline can take reports for all types of potential invaders from terrestrial plants to aquatic animals or insects! For help or questions please contact Clatsop SWCD the Clatsop County local hotline contact 503-325-4571.


Info on the 2017 Native Plant Sale coming soon!

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Native Plant Sale 2016

Our  4th Annual Native Plant Sale will be held March 13th, at 13th and Duane St. in Astoria from 9:30- 3:00

Pre-order forms are available here pre order 2016

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January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Clatsop SWCD Annual Meeting and Potluck!

Please join us for the Clatsop SWCD Annual Meeting and Potluck!

Where:Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery Picnic Area
When: Saturday September 12, 2015
Time: 2:00pm and a short meeting at 3:00pm

Bring a dish and a lawn chair and come help Clatsop SWCD celebrate the end of another successful year! No chair or dish?-Please come as there is usually plentiful food!

Please call the Clatsop SWCD office 503-325-4571 for questions, directions, or comments. RSVP is appreciated, but not required!

Youth Essay Contest Ends July 3!

Submit your essays for the Youth Animal Feeding Operation Award 2015! Email, hand-deliver, or mail the application essay by July 3rd 2015!!!
Who is eligible? All youth grades 4-12 who raise small animals, livestock, or horses
How to enter: write a 3 paragraph essay on how the animals are raised and the manure is managed, submit a few photos, and include your name, town, and phone number.
Due Date: July 3rd 2015
Prize: The winner of this contest will receive $50 gift card and a T-shirt!

Questions? Contact Clatsop SWCD 503-325-4571 or cswcd@clatsopswcd.org

Lower Columbia Horsefest

Clatsop SWCD is excited to support the first Lower Columbia Horsefest! We will be hosting a booth at this FREE event on June 27th, 2015!


May Soils! Seminar Was a Success!

Thank you to those who came out to the Fort George Brewery Lovell Showroom for an entertaining, educational, and lively evening with James Cassidy, Professor OSU Crop and Soils Science Department! Throughout the entire 2 hour seminar Cassidy had the crowd engaged, laughing, and learning about the complex nature of soils. For more information on workshops and events hosted by Clatsop SWCD please follow us on Facebook and join our email list serve.

Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) - it's a big deal

Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) – it’s a big deal

Soils! Seminar crowd

Soils! Seminar crowd

Soils! Seminar at Fort George: Food delivered to your table while you learn about soils!

Soils! Seminar at Fort George: Food delivered to your table while you learn about soils!

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