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Noxious Weed News Wild chervil sounds like an exotic salad herb, but is in fact a Class B noxious weed in Washington, regulated in many counties including King County, due to its nasty habit of being invasive and taking over fields and pastures. Weed specialists first discovered wild chervil in King County in 2011 along Highway 410 near Enumclaw. Read More...

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Food Safety News

10 People Treated for Eating Poison-Hemlock in Wa. The Washington Poison Center has reportedly treated 10 people so far this year who have eaten poison-hemlock (Conium maculatum).

Because not all incidents are reported, that might be only the tip of the iceberg, says Dr. Alexander Garrard, the center’s toxicologist and clinic managing director. Spring is the peak time for people to eat poison-hemlock, which they mistake for many edible and other deadly wild plants — most of which have similar-looking leaves, flowers, and seeds. Read More...

The Daily Astorian

 Poison Hemlock often mistaken for edible plants in Pacific Northwest. So far this year, the Washington Poison Center has treated 10 people who have eaten poison hemlock, an invasive weed found throughout the Pacific Northwest that can easily be mistaken for an edible plant. Read More...

Capital Press

Flowering rush, an irrigation canal-clogging weed, has spread along the Columbia river while the federal governments seeks to clear regulatory hurdles to remove it. Read More...

The Spokesman-Review

Field reports: Habitat gets boost from Elk Foundation.
WILDLIFE – Prescribed burns, forest thinning and spraying for noxious weeds are among treatments involved with 20 habitat projects to boost elk in Washington.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says its working with state and federal agencies and contributing $191,726 for projects in Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Pend Oreille, Skamania and Yakima counties. Read More.


KXRO Newsradio Task Force Makes it Easier to Report Marine Debris.
The Washington State Marine Debris Task Force is making it easier for beachgoers to report debris to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The task force recently updated their 1-855-WACOAST hotline, giving callers a new option to report potential invasive species directly to WDFW. The tip line was updated after the Sai-shou-maru, the 20-foot fishing boat, came ashore in Pacific County in March with several striped beakfish inside. Read More.