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Help remove invasive plants in the Mono Basin

July 30th, 2017 by Ava, Mono Lake Intern
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As July winds down and August approaches, we find ourselves faced with increasing quantities of a prolific invasive plant species in the Mono Basin. Dense patches of sweet white clover can be seen along streambeds, roadsides, edges of parking lots, and areas where soil has recently been disrupted, which softens the ground for the opportunistic and tenacious seeds. Unseen below the ground, its roots begin the process of nitrogen fixation, changing the chemical properties of the soil. Removing invasive plant species has been part of an ongoing restoration process to clear the ground so that native species may flourish.

Volunteers helping remove white sweet clover and other invasive plants along Mill Creek. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

The Mono Lake Committee has been involved in removal projects for several years to reduce the amount of sweet white clover (Melilotus albus) growing in the Mono Basin. These efforts often entail taking groups of interns, volunteers, visiting students from the Outdoor Education Center, and interested community members into the field for some hands-on learning.

For those who are in town and willing to help with this restoration project, mark your calendars with these upcoming events and bring a friend to help us remove invasive white sweet clover!

Wednesday, August 2, 9:00am–12:00pm
Meet at the Lee Vining Community Center

Tuesday, August 8, 9:00am–12:00pm with guest naturalist Ann Howald
Meet at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore
Picnic lunch provided around noon

Please remember to bring close-toed shoes, sun protection, plenty of water, and a snack! RSVP to me, Ava Stavros if you are able, but drop-ins are more than welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center students celebrate a good day of weed pulling, with a student reclining triumphantly on a bed of Melilotus albus. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo,