Today I went out to assess the invasive Yellow starthistle infestation this year. I’m happy to say that it’s less than last year, but it’s still there. We may still be several years away from complete eradication.
But the really depressing thing to see is that Italian thistle is simply taking its place.
This has me thinking that my strategy needs to be this:
- Eradicate Yellow starthistle (essentially steady the course on what I’ve already been working on).
- Control Italian thistle in specific areas (trailside and on the Upper Meadow of the Sonoma Overlook Trail).
- Clone myself. I’ve already signed up Dan Noreen to join “Thistle Pirates” (see graphic) and I hope to sign up others as well. If you wish to join, let me know. You get a free t-shirt, but be careful, as it can come with an obsession.
If you wish to join us, let me know! People along the trail are very appreciative of this work.