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Invasive Weeks Awareness Week

Effective Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

WHEREAS, agriculture, fishing, hunting, recreation, and tourism are integral parts of our economy and unique Alaskan way of life. The introduction and spread of invasive and noxious weeds threaten our economy and environment by impacting the health of our valued natural resources; and

WHEREAS, invasive weeds are known to heavily colonize new habitats with an adverse effect on their adapted environment. In Alaska, invasive weeds such as Canada thistle, perennial sowthistle, and orange hawkweed are presently impacting agriculture and/or wild lands; and

WHEREAS, these invasive weeds and agricultural pests spread aggressively from improperly cleaned equipment, contaminated forage and nursery products, and other sources. The result is infested agricultural fields, clogged waterways, degraded salmon spawning habitats, and displaced native plants which reduces the forage and shelter that indigenous wildlife depends on; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Natural Resources manages noxious weeds, invasive plants, and agricultural pests to maintain uninterrupted productivity of natural and agricultural resources; and

WHEREAS, Alaska is in a unique position to avoid the enormous costs of widespread invasive plants, now impacting all 48 contiguous states and Hawaii. In recognition of this opportunity, State, federal, local, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as the public, are working together to increase public awareness, promote invasive weed prevention and management, and help keep our communities and environment free of invasive weeds.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim June 23-29, 2013 as:

Invasive Weeds Awareness Week

in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans to learn more about preventing the spread of invasive weeds in our great state.

Dated: June 21, 2013

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