FROM: Oldman Watershed Council
“Ignorance is bliss” is a statement that couldn’t be truer when you’re referring to weeds! Oh, how I envy the individuals who drive by fields of ox-eye daisy and exclaim, “How beautiful!”
I remember the summer that blissful ignorance was taken from me: it was my first year working in Waterton Lakes National Park as crew leader for the weed program. I literally remember having nightmares of knapweed rosettes popping up faster than I could spray them! The following three summers my job was to search for and map out unknown weed infestations throughout the park to assist with control efforts.
Needless to say, after those four years I could no longer go for a hike without ruining it by finding a species that didn’t belong.
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