Monday, January 3, 2011

Pulling Weeds

One of my current 'office'-type projects this winter involves pulling together information on plant research in Denali National Park and Preserve. In the course of my research this morning, I came across the follow statistics from a 2010 park resources report:

Here’s the 2009 roster of non-native plants removed (species with more than 50 lbs pulled) in/near Denali:

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): 225 lbs (Denali Park Road corridor)

  • White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba): 96 lbs (Miles 232.5 and 238 Parks Hwy)

  • Hawk’s-Beard (Crepis tectorum): 135 lbs (Sewage lagoon; Mile 0 to 3 of the park road)

  • Wormseed mustard (Erysimum cheiramthoides): 85 lbs (East Fork bridge area)

For those of you with gardens out there, how many dandelions do you pull each year?

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