By Andi Bourne

Making the cut in first annual lily removal competition


August 20, 2020

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Smith family won the competition pictured (L-R): Wylie, Ethan and Harley collected 168 pounds of fragrant waterlilies from Salmon Lake. They won two paddleboard rentals and the $100 cash prize for their efforts as well as raffle prizes.

SEELEY LAKE – More than 20 volunteers clipped and bagged 524 pounds of flowers and leaves of fragrant waterlilies from Salmon Lake and Placid Lake Saturday, Aug. 15 for the first annual lily removal competition "Make the Cut" held by Clearwater Resource Council. CRC Executive Director Caryn Miske was pleased with the turnout for the first event. She said CRC's goal is to hold the competition twice next year and expand to other infected lakes in the area if the community involvement is there.

The fragrant waterlily is a highly invasive plant that was likely introduced to the region as an o...

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