Half ton of purple loosestrife removed
Near the end of July the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC) crew, joined by The Nature Trust, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MNFLRO) and three amazing volunteers, hopped in their canoes and headed into Bummer’s Flats to manually remove purple loosestrife.
The sunny, calm day encouraged the paddlers through the bulrushes and cattails, to spot then dig out (removing as much root as possible) the invasive riparian plant that has been managed at this site by EKISC and its partners since 2015.
The barbecue lunch was well-deserved; at the end of the day close to 1,000 lbs. of purple loosestrife had been bagged!
A big thank you to the team that joined in on the fun and important work of eradicating purple loosestrife from this special ecosystem.