About the Program
The PNW Invasive Plant Council is a non-profit conservation organization (http://www.pnw-ipc.org/) working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) and other state and local conservation groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Forest Foundation and the WSDA, we are gearing up for our third year to search for priority invasive plants in our National Forests and beyond. We are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire our current volunteer base to search for and eradicate invasive plant populations in WA State. This year we are focusing on documenting invasive species in the Olympic and Gifford Pinchot National Forests but surveys conducted on any public land are also greatly needed. If you are hiking, boating, kayaking, horseback riding or working in these areas and are interested in participating in our program, you are invited to attend one of four upcoming trainings. Two will be held in Olympia, WA on May 8th (1pm – 3:30pm or 5:30pm to 8pm) and two trainings will be in Vancouver, WA on May 9th (1pm – 3:30pm or 5:30pm to 8pm) . We will likely add two additional trainings in June so please stay in touch!
- Thursday, May 8th; 1pm - 3:30pm OR 5:30pm - 8pm at USDA Olympic National Forest Office in Olympia, WA. The two trainings are identical so you just need to attend one.
Address: 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA
Please enter through the main entrance, which faces towards Black Lake Blvd. The conference room will be on your right when you enter the main lobby of the building. Parking is available in the visitor lot in front of the main entrance, or along the northeast side of the building.
- Friday, May 9th; 1pm – 3:30pm OR 5:30pm-8pm at USDA Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office in Vancouver, WA. The two trainings are identical so you just need to attend one.
Address: 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682
Please enter by the front door on the west side of the building. Sign in at the front desk. You can park in the main lot or visitor parking on the south side of the building.
- Saturday, June 21st; 9:30am-12:00pm at the Cowlitz County Administration Building in Kelso, WA
Address: 207 Fourth Avenue N., Kelso, WA, 92626 (General Meeting room, 3rd floor – Room 300)
Parking is available on streets around the Administration Building (three story brick building) or in 2 lots located East and Northwest of the building. Enter the building through the north door; proceed up one floor to the meeting room.
- Saturday, June 28th, 9:30am-12:00pm at the Naches Ranger Station in Naches, WA.
Address: 10237 U.S. Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937
Volunteers enter through the BACK door of the building. Parking is available in the back near the back door.
***Capacity is limited so if you would like to attend one of the trainings, please RSVP to Julie Combs at email@example.com (or call 615-812-5295) to reserve your place! We look forward to seeing you there.
Green Seattle Partnership
Join the Green Seattle Partnership as we work to restore 2500 acres of forested parkland in Seattle by 2025. Volunteers are needed to help remove non-native invasive plants, spread mulch, and plant native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. There are many volunteer opportunities at different parks across the city. For upcoming volunteer events go to: http://greenseattle.org/events
The Nature Conservancy of Washington
Join TNC for a variety of Earth Day events around Washington. See their website for more details.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
- City of Seattle, Parks and Recreation
- Portland Parks and Recreation
- Environmental Outreach and Stewardship (EOS) Alliance
- Ivy OUT
- Washington Native Plant Society
- British Columbia Invasive Alien Program
- Earth Share of Washington
- Seattle Urban Nature
- Audubon of Washington and Oregon
- Audubon of Alaska
- The Nature Conservancy of Washington
- The Nature Conservancy of Oregon
- The Nature Conservancy of Alaska
- Wallowa Resources Noxious Weed Bounty Program