In the News: Weed-Free Gravel Certification

Kenai Soil & Water is helping contain the spread of invasive plants through its gravel certification program in partnership with Alaska Division of Agriculture and the Alaska Plant Materials Center.

Participants in Certified Weed-Free Inspector Training conduct a mock inspection at a Soldotna gravel pit in May, 2016.

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Invasive Plant Update

Refuge Notebook: A window of opportunity to eradicate Elodea
By John Morton, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Nov. 7, 2013 Peninsula Clarion

Mark Twain was supposedly fond of saying “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” I don’t claim to be prescient most of the time, but when it comes to ridding the Kenai Peninsula of Elodea, the first submerged freshwater invasive plant to make it to Alaska, I’m pretty confident that we have only a very small window of opportunity.

About this time last year, Elodea had been discovered for the first time on the Kenai Peninsula in Stormy Lake (400 acres), with a single fragment found on the shores of Daniels Lake (620 acres). In February, we returned to Daniels Lake to confirm that Elodea was growing there with an ice auger and a modified chimney sweep as our sampling device. We returned by boat in late May just after ice-out to better assess its distribution in the lake. ….

The District is one partner of the Cooperative Weed Management Area, the multi-agency group that is directing elodea detection and eradication efforts on the Kenai Peninsula.  Read the rest of the article here

2nd Annual Weed Smackdown

  • Seward Middle School, Saturday, June 30,  11 am – 1 pm
  • Free lunch, t-shirts & prizes for volunteers.  Gloves provided.
  • Why pull weeds?  Introduced weeds are spreading rapidly.  Let’s smack ’em down before they win.
  • What are the benefits?  Fewer weeds means better habitat for fish, moose & other animals.
  • Fresh air, exercise and fun competition.  Form a team or come alone and join a team!
  • Sponsored by the partner agencies of the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area including the Kenai SWCD. 
  • For more information & registration: Cheryl Anderson at, 260-0129, or Jen Kain at

Refuge Notebook article on Kenai Peninsula efforts to contol invasive plants:  Brush the Invaders Off Your Boots