Purple Loosestrife Control

We recently discovered a patch of purple loosestrife located in the City of Moose Jaw. Purple loosestrife is an incredibly invasive plant that loves water, and wetlands. Volunteers came out on August 5th to help manually pull the plants from the river bed.
August 7, 2020 | Taylor Kell

Purple loosestrife is a tall plant, with five petalled flowers and an angular stem, it is undeniably a beautiful plant. However, it is incredibly invasive and chokes out native vegetation.

Because these plants are near water, we must manually pull them out. Thankfully, we had a great team of volunteers come out on a very hot day on August 5th to help us control the plants. We were able to clear a section of the stream and are continuing to work on a large patch discovered downstream. The plants were bagged, removed from the site and were burned. Protecting biodiversity and controlling invasive weeds is an ongoing process. We are glad to have people in our Watershed willing to put in the effort and sweat to protect our ecosystems.

We plan to revisit these sites and continue to monitor the spread of these noxious plants. If you see any invasives in your area or a suspicious-looking plant, please feel free to contact our office at 306-691-3399, message us on Facebook, or email us at [email protected]