US Army declares war on Russian… weeds

The US Army Corps of Engineers considers “Russian” weeds such an issue within the Pacific Northwest, it’s searching for a contractor keen to clear them from an airbase and a coaching vary close to Seattle, Washington.

To do away with the dastardly Russian thistle, Russian olive, Dalmatian toadflax and different “invasive” crops, the Army is on the lookout for a small enterprise with $7.5 million in common annual receipts, and totally licensed by the state division of agriculture as a pesticide applicator. The contract will go to the bottom bidder, in fact.

Whoever wins the contract will get an opportunity to battle “Russian” invaders on some 2,100 acres (849 hectares) of land across the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Tacoma, and the Yakima Training Center on the opposite facet of Mt. Rainier.

The contract, first published originally of February however up to date with particulars this week, would run for one 12 months, with 4 optionally available extensions to not exceed one 12 months every.

Russian thistle is one other identify for tumbleweed. As the identify reveals, the enduring plant of the American West truly has origins within the previous world, reportedly introduced in with flax seeds by immigrants from present-day Ukraine within the 1870s.

Russian olive – often known as Persian olive and silverberry – additionally made it over to the US within the 19th century. Other invasive species listed within the Army solicitation have been kochia (ragweed), knapweed, cheatgrass, purple loosestrife, bull thistle, and Canada thistle.