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Invasive Plants and Agricultural Pest Management

Welcome to Alaska's Invasive Plant Program. Our program coordinates prevention, outreach, and management strategies for invasive plant issues through collaboration with land managers, agencies, organizations, and policy makers across Alaska. These efforts are guided by the implementation of our Strategic Plan and relevant noxious weed regulation and policy. Our goal is to help keep Alaska's pristine landscapes and natural resources free from impacts of noxious and invasive plants.

Weed Free Certification Programs

Certified Hay & Straw
Bale of hay with an Alaska weed free certification tag
A weed-free bale of hay is identified by a certification tag

Land managers are increasingly concerned with the spread of selected highly invasive weeds to new areas such as natural areas, rivers and wetlands. Work is being done to address the introduction and spread of invasive weeds to these high-value areas through construction practices, seeding specifications and weed free products.

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) has lead the way in developing nationwide weed free forage/straw and gravel certification standards. The Division of Agriculture, in partnership with Alaskan stakeholders and agencies, has adapted these standards as a voluntary program to meet the unique needs of our state.

The Alaska Weed Free certification programs offer a way for producers to ensure that their products meet NAISMA standards and have reduced potential for transport and dispersal of listed weed species.

The Division of Agriculture has certification programs in place for both forage and gravel materials, offering producers and gravel pit managers the opportunity to have their sites certified during the growing season. Each program is based on NAISMA standards and is adapted to Alaska.

For More Information Contact:

Dan Coleman
Invasive Weeds and Agricultural Pest Coordinator