Annual Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull!
has a fairly new
as Viper’s bugloss or blueweed (Echium
), this noxious weed infests the banks of the Bitterroot River
and has been moving further up
the river each year. The idea
for a floating weed pull came after spending countless days on the
inventorying the spread of this new invader, blueweed.
On August 5, 2006 Ravalli County Weed District
along with Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge hosted the 1st
Annual Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull. A group of about 40 people in
tubes and canoes floated a 4 mile section of the Bitterroot River near Hamilton, Montana
Participants stopped at 6 sites and received information on: leafy
blueweed, hound’s tongue, yellow flag iris, and bio-controls for
The floaters got hands on
releasing Cyphoclenous weevils, the biological control agent for
knapweed. Along with learning about noxious weeds participants pulled
fifteen to twenty bags of noxious weeds (mainly blueweed) and picked-up
floating weed pull was concluded with old time country music, a BBQ and
drawing in the park.
event was an overwhelming
success in our eyes, as well as, in all of the participant’s minds. It
educational, pro-active and most importantly a blast!