The Kenai SWCD is the local coordinator for the Weed-Free Forage and Weed-Free Gravel Certification programs, statewide programs that strive to reduce the transport and dispersal of invasive plants within Alaska’s landscape.
What is an invasive plant? Invasive plants are non-native species that spread rapidly and have negative impacts on ﬁsh, wildlife, agriculture or human health.
Why buy Certified Weed-Free Hay / Forage? Choosing Certified Weed-Free Forage & Straw for bedding, mulch and animal feed avoids the potential for introducing invasive plants into sensitive or pristine areas. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge encourages horse-owners to use weed-free feed when in the Refuge. Typical buyers include:
- Landowners and livestock managers who want to avoid introducing new weeds;
- Dog mushers or people traveling into the backcountry with pack animals; and
- Conservation organizations who use mulch for streambank stabilization and erosion control.
Where to find Certified Weed-Free Hay / Forage on the Kenai Peninsula The following producers were certified in 2014:
- Andy and Katie Matthews, Ninilchik, 398-4207
- Lancashire Farms, Soldotna, 394-3448
- McElroy Farm, Kasilof
- Seiner Place Farm, Kasilof
- Second Wind Farm, Kasilof, 262-9671
- Tullos’ Funny Farm, Funny River, 262-4939
Other Kenai Peninsula hay producers can be found in the fully searchable Alaska Grown Source Book.
Why Weed-Free Gravel? Starting in 2014, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge starting requiring construction projects within Refuge boundaries to use only certified weed-free gravel to prevent the introduction of invasive weeds and protect natural habitat.
The Kenai SWCD is a partner of the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area. For an overview of efforts to control invasive plants on the Kenai Peninsula, see: Refuge Notebook: Brush the Invaders Off Your Boots. To learn more about invasive plants of concern in Alaska, click here.