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 gear
Step 2: Get in the Water
Step 3: Clip off seed heads
Step 4: Gather seed heads to ensure they do not float downstream!
Step 5: Dig out plant and rhizomes with care
Step 6: Properly Dispose of plant debris
Step 7: SMILE
Prevention and Early Detection:
- 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
- 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!