Volunteers hold bags of the knapweed and burdock they helped remove from the shores of the Kicking Horse River as part of Wildsight Golden’s annual Community Weed Pull on Friday July 11.

Volunteers hold bags of the knapweed and burdock they helped remove from the shores of the Kicking Horse River as part of Wildsight Golden’s annual Community Weed Pull on Friday July 11.

Weed pull volunteers collect 35 bags of invasive weeds in Golden

Golden volunteers got together to remove 35 bags worth of invasive weeds from Golden’s shoreline.

Golden volunteers got together to remove 35 bags worth of invasive weeds from Golden’s shoreline.

The annual event, hosted by Wildsight, gets volunteers out to remove some of the invasive plant species that grow in Golden. For the past seven years the weed pull has targeted a stretch along the Kicking Horse River shoreline, and organizer Sadie Parr says she can see the impact it is making.

“There’s less and less coming out each year, so it’s definitely working,” said Parr.

The event targets two priority species, knapweed and burdock. Although not the only two invasive species growing in the area, these two were chosen to target because their roots secrete things that inhibit other plants, and they grow and spread at an exponential rate.

The awareness in the community around invasive species is rising, and getting on top of these species early is making a huge difference.

As part of the Community Weed Program, a partnership between Wildsight-Golden and the Town of Golden, there have been informational signs placed around town, and Parr can arrange for a free invasive plant survey of private residences.

The Golden Library got involved as well, and put up a display about knapweed and its effect.

There will also be a second community weed pull event on Aug. 3 near Reflection Lake. Anyone wanting to participate can meet with the group at the Rodeo Grounds from 3 to 6 p.m. Everything you need will be provided, including bags, gloves, and a free meal.

For more information, or to arrange for a survey of your yard, Parr can be contacted at wildsightweedprogram@gmail.com.