One might wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to pulling weeds – why is it so important we do it? What will happen if we don't?
Well if you think about what a weed actually is, it will help you answer those questions. Invasive plants, or "weeds", are plants that are not native to their current habitat and have a negative effect on the ecosystem by encroaching on native species' food and/or habitat. When native species are displaced by non-natives, this can have a major impact on the health of our watershed. They also cost our economy by reducing crop yields, endangering livestock and lowering property values.
This is why the OWC is so appreciative of all the weed control efforts going on in our basin! Thanks to the many activities undertaken from dedicated groups and individuals we all get to enjoy the benefits of a healthier, cleaner watershed!
Change in behaviour
The Oldman Watershed Council supports stewardship groups and individuals in their efforts to combat invasive plants. One successful example of these stewardship group events is the Pincher Creek Watershed Group. This group hosts the annual Blue Weed Blitz where enthusiastic community members hand pull blueweed from the riparian area of Pincher Creek in hopes of reducing and eliminating this weed. Other weed species to be aware of in your community are spotted knapweed, leafy spurge, and purple loosestrife.
Get involved! Watch for local events in your community or check back in here for upcoming weed pulls. If you are interested in being contacted about future weed pulls, you can sign up as a volunteer online.
Donate to the Watershed Legacy Program (WLP) and you can help support more weed control efforts in our basin. The WLP funds not only weed pulls events, but other projects that focus on invasive species management such as biological control.