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How Weeds Work, and Why that Matters

(Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula, WA) People may think that weeds are a pain, but they don’t realize that weeds are part of a much bigger story. In this class, residents will learn how to better manage these pesky plants by understanding invasive species from an ecological standpoint. According to local plant expert and guest speaker, Clay Antieau, “Successful weed management in natural ecosystems is usually not about managing individual species, but rather managing characteristics essential to ecosystem integrity.”

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

Who: Adults

Cost: Free

Registration: Registration is recommended, as space is limited. Please contact Renee Johnson at kgicourses@gmail.com or (360) 337-7157.

This class will be taught by local plant expert Clay Antieau, a botanist, horticulturist, and environmental scientist who works for Seattle Public Utilities. The training includes in class and out in the field experiences. Please dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch.

This class is part of an educational series where participants will explore the environment and learn about the connection between our behavior and local water issues. Workshops include classroom and field experiences to learn about stewardship of our natural resources and properties. Local opportunities to volunteer or attend other exciting and interactive environmental workshops through the summer will also be presented at the talk. Attend 3 or more workshops to be eligible to become a Shore Steward.

These free classes are funded by the Department of Ecology, sponsored by Pierce County Shellfish Partners, and brought to you by Harbor WildWatch, the Pierce Conservation District, and the Kitsap County WSU Extension.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.