July 11, 2023
Not only do we work hard for our clients, but we work hard to educate the future leaders of our cities.
ELS Biologist Kate'lyn Wills (KT) joined Jennifer Cordoza of the Cowlitz County Invasive Weed Control group at Haydu Park, located at the Port of Kalama, for Day #2 of the “Rough n Ready Natural Resource 4H Day Camp”. Together, they guided a group of youngsters on a nature walk along the Kalama River to discover wetlands and the riparian environment all the while identifying plants and pointing out invasive species.
Pictured is Jen explaining the difference between Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) and Bohemiam knotweed (Fallopia x bohemica) which is a hybrid of Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed (Fallopia sachalinensis). Knotweed is a highly aggressive invasive plant species that displaces native vegetation, destroying critical fish and wildlife habitat throughout Cowlitz County and the greater Washington area. For more information on what to do if you find this invasive species on your property, contact your local Noxious Weed Control Board.