Help to whack the out-of-whack! Invasive species are in flower along the banks of the Arn Canal in Pemberton and will soon go to seed if something isn’t done about it. On Saturday, July 26, 2014 everyone is invited to join the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council for a hands-on, Pemberton Weed Pull to battle the invaders. Meet at the covered bridge on the Dyke Trail near Highway 99 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. See poster.
- Common bugloss (Anchusa officinalis): This species is on SSISC’s Eradicate list, meaning it is a noxious weed in the Sea to Sky Corridor in smaller amounts and complete eradication is the goal. Common bugloss is a pretty, deep blue flower that spreads quickly and reduces natural habitat for native species.
- Diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa): This species is on SSISC’s Contain list. Knapweed hasn’t yet spread throughout the entire region, so the goal is to contain the currently infested areas. The plant has small, white, lightweight flowers with seeds that can spread up to 100 metres. Each plant can produce up to 18,000 seeds. Knapweed is a fire hazard due to its oils, it displaces livestock forage, and reduces biological diversity.
Wear a hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes, and bring a shovel and work gloves if you have them. Water bottles are recommended. Some shovels and gloves will be available, and juice and a snack will be provided.
The Pemberton Weed Pull is produced by Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council with assistance from Stewardship Pemberton Society and the Village of Pemberton.