By Andrea Watts
As the new editor of the Western Forester, it is serendipitous that my first issue is on invasives. I found my way to forestry by volunteering with Green Seattle Partnership work parties to remove invasive plants in Seattle’s parks. I hadn’t known that the Himalayan and evergreen blackberry clumps growing around Grays Harbor County were in fact invasives plan; since they were everywhere, I assumed they were natives. Having seen the detrimental effects of invasive plants, such as English ivy, English holly, and blackberry, upon native plants in Seattle’s parks, I was determined to remove invasive plants from the family property. My dad downplayed how widespread the English holly was in our forest, but the five-foot-high pile of English holly that my younger sister and I piled on the burn pile changed his mind.
In this issue, there are several articles featuring management strategies to contain the spread of invasive plants, such as choke cherry in Alaska and false brome on the Willamette National Forest. The “Invasives on the Horizon” article is a compilation of future invasives we should be aware of. And to provide much-needed positivity around this topic, there are several success stories.
Thank you to the authors who contributed to this issue. I would also be remiss not recognizing the advertisers who also make producing the Western Forester possible.
And lastly, congratulations to our student members who graduated this year!