By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
On May 19, 2019, the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board honored Mill Creek resident Jill Cheeseman for her efforts to improve the quality of local parks.
Cheeseman formed the Mill Creek Community Association Noxious Weed Committee in cooperation with Snohomish County Weed Coordinator Geraldine Saw to eradicate non-native invasive plants.
Homeowners have inadvertently allowed invasive, noxious weeds to "escape" from gardens. As well, these plants may have been accidentally introduced to local parks by visitors.
Cheeseman organized work parties to pull noxious weeds such as blackberries, English ivy, nightshade, English holly, thistle, and other invasive plants threatening to choke out native plants in Mill Creek parks.
She commented in an email, "The other big one is herb Robert, also known as wild geranium, an invasive that can germinate up to three times a year so there is constant re-work of those areas; but we are making progress!"
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board Chair Tony Stadelman stated, “By working closely with the Snohomish County Weed Coordinator, you have succeeded in enhancing her efforts for noxious weed control. We also appreciate that you have spread our publications about noxious weed control to your neighbors.”
He went on to say, “You have helped the State Noxious Weed Control Board in its goal to educate the public about the impact of invasive plants.”
Jill Cheeseman's Certificate of Appreciation. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Noxious Weed Control Board.