Funder: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This funding agreement is a cooperative effort with Homer SWCD. Through this agreement, Anchorage SWCD was able to hire our Invasive Species Program Leader, Hannah, in October 2022. Hannah attended training, developed partnerships, set up a GIS database which incorporates invasive species data from multiple stakeholders, set up a system for collecting field data on invasive species infestations, became involved in the Anchorage Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ANC-CISMA), and helped lead a Prioritization Workshop to prioritize species and locations for invasive species management within the Anchorage SWCD boundaries. Hannah worked with ANC-CISMA partners to edit and add content to a Strategic Management Plan for the Anchorage area, which will be finalized in winter 2023-24.
The overall goal of this project is to restore and maintain the integrity of Anchorage’s forested ecosystem, including the riparian functions, by keeping invasive plant species under control so diverse and resilient native plant communities can thrive. ASWCD staff and volunteers will:
In late May 2023, Hannah and our new Invasive Species Technician, Ryan, began surveying lands adjacent to the BLM Campbell Tract for invasive species.
Funder: U.S. Forest Service
Anchorage SWCD will be performing control work on high priority invasive plant species in areas bordering Chugach National Forest beginning in summer 2023. Control work will be based on sound integrated pest management principles and practices and sites will be re-vegetated as needed with native plants to restore the treatment areas to a healthy vegetative community. We will develop and build partnerships with local community volunteers, stakeholders, and ANC-CISMA members to build capacity in managing invasive species as well as educating landowners and the public about the identification and management of invasive species.
Funder: Copper River Watershed Project
This small project is focused on control of Prunus padus and Prunus virginiana in Anchorage and vicinity. We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet which explains Prunus control measures and complements existing Cooperative Extension Service publications. Anchorage SWCD staff and volunteers have visited several Prunus infestation sites to investigate control options and identify a suitable site for removing Prunus and hosting volunteer event(s) this summer. We plan to complete at least one Prunus control demonstration project this year using funds from the Mini-Grant.
Funder: State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry & Fire Protection
This project is focused on survey of invasive Prunus padus and Prunus virginiana in select areas of the Municipality of Anchorage, particularly areas bordering wild lands such as Chugach State Park. Anchorage SWCD will begin reaching out to landowners on properties with these plants present to assess interest in removing the trees and discuss options for management.
Funder: U.S. Forest Service through a Memorandum of Agreement with Kenai Watershed Forum
Priority terrestrial invasive species will be treated using an integrated pest management approach during summer 2023 within the Whittier area. Whittier will be surveyed for invasive species and the data submitted to the AK Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse.
Funder: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Anchorage SWCD is working in partnership with Palmer SWCD, Wasilla SWCD, Eklutna Tribal Conservation District, and Knik Tribal Conservation District to build four-five small local outdoor native plant nurseries. These nurseries will serve as sites to propagate native plant species for use in ecological restoration projects such as culvert replacements, streambank erosion control projects, etc. We have hired a Native Plants Program Leader, Dana, who will implement this program and be the technical advisor for the project. Native plant seed will be collected locally and stored at the Plant Materials Center. This project is collaborative and builds capacity at the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Tribes for the development of a new native plants industry to supply an unmet need within the state for hardy regionally appropriate restoration plants and seed.
Funder: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Anchorage SWCD is working in partnership with Palmer SWCD on 3 Scopes of Work on JBER. These projects include vegetative management, hazard mitigation, and improvements to the Malamute Drop Zone on JBER. Palmer SWCD is the Project Manager for the current projects within the Anchorage SWCD’s boundaries and the work is managed under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Districts.
Funder: Natural Resource Conservation Service
Anchorage SWCD will serve as a local contact for the Alaska NRCS in the Anchorage area and will conduct outreach to increase awareness of NRCS programs and technical assistance resources within the Anchorage SWCD boundaries. We will support the Wasilla NRCS Office with outreach efforts or technical assistance within the Anchorage SWCD boundaries. Anchorage SWCD staff will provide technical assistance to landowners who reach out to the Anchorage SWCD about resource concerns including nutrient management, manure management, forest health, etc. Anchorage SWCD will help set up and staff booths at conferences and/or the State Fair. We will organize the Local Working Group with Anchorage area partners. Workshops will be hosted in Anchorage addressing natural resource conservation topics and our staff will actively reach out to local farms to offer our services and technical assistance. This funding agreement helps build capacity for our District and will allow us to hire 1 person to assist the Anchorage SWCD District Manager with the agriculture and soils programs. This person will attend training as available through NRCS and will be trained internally in nutrient management, Alaskan agriculture, and natural resource management.