Invasive Plants and the Spraying Dance

  • July 01, 2019
  • Posted by Haley Brueckman

It all began with an Easter egg hunt for some Scotch Broom at the Apgar campground, but it didn’t end there. The WRT Crew was in for an exciting next couple days. With the help of the Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries Organization we traveled all along the Lochsa River taking in views of lush green mountains and springy ferns, keeping our eyes peeled for plant invaders. At a rock quarry we found all the enemies waiting for us. St. Johns Wart, Oxeye Daisy, Knap Weed, and wait for it…Scotch Thistle! It was gigantic, its evil thistles rising up into the sky at least five feet tall. We had found the first Scotch Thistle in the Lochsa region and it was a big boy. We took our sprayers and shovels and we tore that Scotch thistle out with ferocious might. Although we felt honored to find this new invasive thistle, the reality was hard to swallow. Everyday cars and people unknowingly bring in invasive seeds, and the plants spread to areas where they have no natural predators. This leads to monocultures that out compete the native floras. This week WRT crew made a difference in stopping some of the spread of invasive plant species, but this is just one battle in the war against weeds.


Comments

Wow! You and your crew are doing impressive work! Thanks for all the blood, sweat, and tears you are pouring into the efforts to taking care of our land.

Posted by Julie Patterson at July 01 2019

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