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KOYUKUK/NOWITNA: Pulling Sweetclover in Galena
Alaska Region, July 30, 2009
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Student employees of Louden Tribal Council assist in removing White Sweetclover from a roadside in Galena (Photo by Karin Bodony, 30 July 2009)
Student employees of Louden Tribal Council assist in removing White Sweetclover from a roadside in Galena (Photo by Karin Bodony, 30 July 2009) - Photo Credit: n/a
A truckload of Sweetclover was pulled from Galena roadways and riverbank on July 30, 2009, with help from two student employees of Louden Tribal Council (Photo by Karin Bodony).
A truckload of Sweetclover was pulled from Galena roadways and riverbank on July 30, 2009, with help from two student employees of Louden Tribal Council (Photo by Karin Bodony). - Photo Credit: n/a

The potential spread of the invasive plant White Sweetclover (Melilotus alba) to interior Refuges is a resource concern because this plant spreads rapidly and competes with native vegetation.  During the past two years, Sweetclover has established and spread in the town of Galena.  In order to lessen the potential for the plant to spread beyond the Galena area, staff from Koyukuk/Nowitna NWR teamed up with two students hired by Louden Tribal Council to remove the weed from roadsides, riverbanks, and other areas.  Although there is a large infestation near the town dump that we were unable to deal with, this measure may be helpful in reducing the spread of Sweetclover.


Contact Info: Karin Lehmkuhl, (907) 656-1231, karin_lehmkuhl@fws.gov



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