Volunteers Remove Yellow Flag Iris from Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

A little team work goes a long way! Nine dedicated volunteers met two CKISS staff at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area on August 3rd to take on a BIG patch of the invasive plant yellow flag iris.

Step 1 : Put on the right gear2016-08-03 17.21.56

Step 2: Get in the Water2016-08-03 18.01.49

Step 3: Clip off seed heads2016-08-03 17.55.43

Step 4: Gather seed heads to ensure they do not float downstream!2016-08-03 18.22.12

Step 5: Dig out plant and rhizomes with care

When digging plant out be sure to get all plant parts. Rhizome fragments can break off and form new plants.
When digging plant out be sure to get all plant parts. Rhizome fragments can break off and form new plants.

Step 6: Properly Dispose of plant debris

Invasive plants need to be bagged and taken to landfill.
Invasive plants need to be bagged and taken to landfill.

Step 7: SMILE2016-08-03 19.07.06

Prevention and Early Detection:

Yellow Flag Iris
Yellow Flag Iris
  • Select a non-invasive alternative, such as western blue iris (Iris missouriensis) instead of yellow
    flag iris for your restoration project or water garden. Additional options can be found by
    downloading the Invasive Species Council of BC’s 2011 Grow Me Instead booklet.
  • Avoid accidentally introducing non-native plants to surrounding water bodies by installing water
    gardens a safe distance away. Ensure water gardens are not allowed to overflow to wetlands,
    streams or rivers.
  • Properly dispose of garden and yard waste by bagging (clear plastic) and disposing of it at your local
    landfill.
  • Prevent plants from spreading from existing populations by washing vehicles, boots and animals
    that have been in infested areas.
  • Report plants infestations found in remote locations.

A BIG thanks to:

  • the volunteers
  • the staff at Creston Valley Management Area
  • Our funders from Columbia Basin Trust and Eco Action

Your support makes these events possible!iaspp-env-can

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