OKANOGAN – The state Invasive Species Council will meet Sept. 26 in Okanogan County.
The council will take a field tour of invasive species-related impacts and successes in the county.
The meeting itself starts at 9 a.m. at the state Department of Transportation office, 28862 Highway 97, Okanogan.
Topics include Northern Pike, Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, invasive species incident response, Western Governors’ Association policy resolution and Western Invasive Species Council, empowering boats to clean, drain and dry watercraft, and state Department of Agriculture municipal green waste.
Public comment will be accepted.
After a break, the council will leave at 12:40 p.m. on the field tour and working lunch.
Tour stops include:
-Okanogan County Central Landfill, 240 B&O North Road, Okanogan, where the council will hear from Okanogan County Solid Waste Manager Kent Kovalenko about the county’s apple maggot chipper and steam heat treatment.
-Carlton Complex and Okanogan Complex fires site, adjacent to 344 Chiliwist Road, Malott, where the council will hear from council member Anna Lyon, also with Okanogan County, and Shaun Seaman, Chelan County, about wildfires and noxious weed control.
-Brewster, where the council will hear from Lyon about aquatic weeds and northern pike. The site is the intersection of Fort Okanogan Road and Highway 97.
After the tour, the council will reconvene at the transportation building at 3:40 p.m. Additional public comment will be accepted.
The council agenda is at: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/documents/agendas/2019/2019-09-26_Agenda.pdf.