By Henry Netherland

Clearing out invasive water lilies


August 5, 2021

Henry Netherland, Pathfinder

Volunteers clipping invasive waterlilies near Big Larch on Seeley Lake during CRC's Make the Cut Invasive Waterlily Removal Event.

SEELEY LAKE - Residents and visitors came together Saturday, July 31 to participate in Clearwater Resource Council's second annual Make the Cut Invasive Waterlily Removal Event. Participants competed to cut and bag as many waterlilies as they could within the span of a few hours. In total those involved collected 37 bags equaling 850 pounds of waterlilies, a couple hundred more than the previous year.

According to CRC Executive Director Caryn Miske, waterlilies are "prolific" and push out other native plants in an ecosystem. The benefits of clipping include reducing habitats for nonnative f...

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