It’s that time of year again.
August, we mean.
Summer’s past its midpoint, and suddenly the fall is looming large on the horizon. The heat is – occasionally – oppressive, and the garden’s getting out of control. Yet the summer’s not over yet, as much as certain nasty creatures would like you to believe.
These are, of course, invasive weeds.
For those of you to whom this phrase is still unknown, invasive or noxious weeds are not your normal dandelion-type annoyance. They are species of plants that quickly overrun gardens, yards, and just about anything they can sink their roots into – and that’s just about anything.
They include burdock, spotted and diffuse knapweeds, common tansy, and orange hawkweed, among others, and are considered to be the second greatest threat to biodiversity worldwide, second only to habitat loss.
To clarify – they’re a big problem.
Golden is not taking this threat lying down, however: the Town of Golden, in co-operation with Wildsight, run a Invasive Weed Program over the summer, the purpose of which is to control the spread of these invaders and to try to bring the issue to the attention of the public.
Ali and Miranda, this year’s Invasive Weed Co-ordinators, have been hard at work around town pulling, chopping, and digging out all kinds of invasive plants. They also held the 6th Annual Golden Community Weed Pull, the results of which showed that this program is working – fewer weeds were discovered, despite enlarging the site from previous years.
Now we ask that you, brave citizens of Golden, help us in this battle. On Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., we encourage you to join us for a weedpull at the Reflection Lake/ rodeo grounds/dirt bike track area. Afterwards, there will be free pizza and refreshments, and the winner of the sticker contest – the prize being two one-hour trail rides courtesy of Flying W Trail Rides – will be announced.
If you have any questions, want to submit a sticker idea, or believe you may have invasive weeds in your yard, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!