Welcome to NISAW 2024
National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is an annual event organized by the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) as an international initiative that aims to raise awareness about the urgent issue of invasive species and the threats they pose to ecosystems worldwide. This year, the event takes place from February 26 to March 3, 2024. Join TCWP on social media as we leverage this opportunity to educate and mitigate the spread of invasive species.
Meet the Team: Ben Walters
We are thrilled to have young and passionate college students work here at TCWP! Ben Walters is studying Ecology at Purdue and will graduate in May after he leaves TCWP for the season to head back to school. Keep reading to get to know a little bit about what his dream job is, his hobbies here in Jackson, and the unique attributes he brings to the team.
Weed of the Month: Saltcedar
Saltcedar, an invasive and adaptable shrub, has been known to take over Western riverbanks, threatening native ecosystems with its aggressive growth and water-depleting nature. Its wispy appearance and deep pink flowers may charm, but the havoc it wreaks on wildlife biodiversity demands urgent attention and control.
Weed of the Month: Eurasian Watermilfoil
Eurasian Watermilfoil is an aquatic invasive plant that’s considered a priority one species in Teton county. This means that there is no known infestation and it is a considerable concern of ours. It spreads locally by rhizomes, stem fragments, and seeds, and can be spread to other bodies of water as vegetative material attached to watercraft and equipment.
Volunteers Join The Fight Against Invasive Species This June
We are busy bees this year! From mosquito surveillance to drone projects to collaborative environmental programs—it’s a little crazy and we love it.
Meet our Team, Jeremy Heyner
Jeremy initially moved to Jackson in 2016 for the winter season. He fell in love with Jackson and has been here ever since! (sound familiar?) Jeremy hates Oxeye Daisy, loves hanging out with his animals at home, brings a good sense of humor to the team, and cares about the beautiful place he now calls home. We’re glad you’re here, Jeremy!