Ben Peterson, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, “Plant Bullies of the Northwest: Why Noxious Weeds are a Big Deal”
Ben Peterson has been with the King County Noxious Weed Control Program (KCNWCP) for over five years, working on both aquatic and terrestrial weed issues. He earned a BS in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University in 1998 and an MS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in 2008. He has 15 years of experience working in the restoration field for federal and local agencies, as well as private ecological restoration companies.
In his current position as the Aquatic Noxious Weed Specialist for the KCNWCP, Ben develops control priorities; writes management plans; surveys for aquatic weeds; works cooperatively with land owners to achieve control of regulated aquatic noxious weeds; and provides public education about the impacts of aquatic noxious weeds and control strategies.
In his spare time Ben likes to spend time with his wife and two-year-old daughter, cook, and scheme his next bicycle touring trip.