May 2016
Welcome to the Teton County Weed and Pest District newsletter! We plan on updating subscribers on useful information pertaining to Mosquitoes and Invasive Species.

Check out our new website!!!

In this edition you will find information regarding:
  • Welcome Amy and Meta to our full time staff
  • Buy Clean, Plant Clean - 2016 Summer Campaign
  • Mosquito Update Summer 2016
  • Upcoming Events - 
Welcome Amy and Meta to our full time staff!

Mosquito Program Coordinator: Amy Girard is originally from Bad Axe Michigan,  located in the tip of the thumb. After graduating from Michigan S tate University with a bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Amy spent the next nine years moving around the country assisting with wildlif e research projects. These positions gave her the opportunity to learn different research techniques and the chance to study and handle a wide range of wildlife species including large ungulates, small mammals, threatened lesser prairie-chickens, and coho salmon. These diverse research experiences als o fostered her passion for epidemiology through her involvement studying West Nile virus, Lyme disease, chronic wasting disease, brucellosis, and elaeophorosis. Amy pursued this passion through a master's degree in wildlife disease from the Veterinary Sciences Department at the University of Wyoming. Amy has lived in Wyoming since 2006 and continues to be inspired by the wide range of wildlife species and the wild places available to explore.
Office Programs & Communications Manager: Meta
Dittmer has a  Master of Science in Science Education/Environment and Natural Resources from University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has been an environmental educator, Park Service interpreter, Peace Corps Volunteer, and high school science teacher before joining the TCWP team. She will be using her background in science and education to assist the public in combating weeds and pests. Meta is also certified by the state of Wyoming as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator.

Buy Clean, Plant Clean
By Amy Collett, Marketing and Education Coordinator  
Making the decision to buy and plant native species means that you are also deciding not to buy or plant non-native, possibly even invasive species!
Native plants are adapted to the combination of soil type, temperature, nutrients, and rain/snowfall of northwest Wyoming. Once established, they require very little such as: additional water, fertilizer, pesticides, or other chemicals. Even in planned landscapes around homes, commercial developments, or roadsides, native plants require fewer resources. The use of native plants in a garden or landscape can provide economic benefits by a reduction in energy costs, water, and maintenance; ecological benefits by enhancing ecosystem stability and reducing chemical use; and aesthetic benefits with the natural beauty native plants provide. Many of the invasive plant flowers are so pretty that they are commonly mistaken as an innocent wildflower. The more exotic plants we cultivate in our yards and gardens, the higher the chance of those plants escaping into the ecosystem and achieving invasive status.
Preventing invasive species from being planted in the first place is the cheapest and most effective way to keep them out. So how do we do this? What can each and every one of us do to prevent invasive species from being planted here and moved from place to place? We can Buy Clean, Plant Clean!
With positive action we can make a difference in preventing the spread. You can help Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks by implementing four simple steps into your gardening routine:
  1. BUY native seed mixes and non-invasive plants, beware of phrases such as "spreads fast"
  2. PLANT certified trees and shrubs
  3. CLEAN equipment before entering & leaving a construction or revegetation site
All of us can protect Teton County and Wyoming for future generations! Enjoy gardening this summer and remember to, Buy Clean, Plant Clean!         
Mosquito Update Summer 2016
Crews have dusted off their waders and dippers for the season and are trying to keep pace with the rapidly advancing spring. Some adult mosquitoes, which overwintered in the adult stage, have been spotted by vigilant residents, and collected. Larval development is occurring in flooded areas (mostly snowmelt and riparian habitat) and our crews are busy addressing these.

PLEASE HELP    After the recent thunderstorms, please note any areas where water may have pooled and notify us if it does not recede within 3 days.

For information throughout the summer please visit our  Mosquito Update  page on our website.

 ***NOTICE:  There are currently no ULV truck spraying events scheduled for the foreseeable months.

***If you have not already signed a permission for surveillance or control of mosquitoes on your property please do so now  here.***
Upcoming Events
2016 Summer Office Hours, May 1st - September 30th: Tuesday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Visit our Event Calendar on our website for more info. 

May 14th -
 Learn more about our Buy Clean, Plant Clean campaign at the Eco Fair Saturday, from 12-5 p.m. Snow King Ball field
May 15th - Come cheer on our "Play Clean Go" team at the Ultimate Towner event this Sunday! Stop by our booth for a free boot brush to help stop the spread of invasive species. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the base of Snow King.

May 21st - Bring your kids and the kid in yourself to the Elkfest Kids Corner in the Town Square for games and activities. Can you spit as far as a leafy spurge plant? 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 24th - TCWP monthly board meeting at the TCWP District office at Noon. 
Native Plant Society Meeting at the Teton County Library 6-8 p.m.

May 25th - Invasive Plant Seminar sponsored by the JHWMA. Elks Lodge 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the event calendar on our website for the agenda. 

June 4th - Hope to see you at the 26th Jackson Kids Fishing Day at R Park! Registration starts at 10:30 am. Event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. TCWP will help out with a learning station and will have more activities after lunch. 

June 7th - Map Invasives JH Join TCWP learn how to ID some of our local invasive plants and use EddMapS West to report them when you are playing in the back country. Meet at Emily's Pond from 9 - 11 a.m. Please RSVP through the Teton County Jackson Recreation Center at 739-9025 by 12 Noon June 6th. 
Thank you for subscribing to the Teton County Weed and Pest District Newsletter. We hope that you find the information useful! If there are any topics that would be of interest to you, please email me your suggestions. 




Amy Collett
Teton County Weed and Pest District
7575 S. Hwy 89 Jackson, WY 83001