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Anchorage Field Office
Release Date: 08/06/14
Contacts: Teresa McPherson , 907-267-1246 ,
News Release No. 14-34

BLM and Partners to Host 2014 Anchorage Weed Smackdown

ANCHORAGE – This Saturday (Aug. 9) the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will team up with area weed warriors for the fourth annual Anchorage Weed Smackdown. Join us at Valley of the Moon Park from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. as we declare war on European bird cherry (Mayday) trees. The event offers food, fun, great prizes and the opportunity to help protect Alaska’s environment.
Mayday trees are invading riparian forests in Anchorage, crowding out native plants that moose and salmon depend on for food. In the past three years, hundreds of Smackdown volunteers have removed 20 tons of these invaders from our local forests.
The BLM is a charter member of the Anchorage Cooperative Weed Management Area, a joint effort of government agencies, non-profit groups, and private citizens who fight the spread of non-native invasive weeds in the Anchorage area.
For more details about the Anchorage Weed Smackdown or to sign up to help, visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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