Italian Arum berries show in July. If you find this plant, please cut the stalks at the ground and put them in a plastic bag. The Lopez Transfer Station will dispose of them for free. Call and report your disposal effort to Dixie Budke at 805.801.1805 so disposal amounts can be quantified. Thank you for your help!
Friends of the San Juans has launched a habitat restoration pilot project for public and private landowners on Lopez Island to prevent the spread of Italian Arum – we need your help.
Italian Arum is a noxious weed and toxic to people and animals. Noxious weeds can degrade important wildlife habitat and natural areas and outcompete native plants. Now, more than ever, we must come together to reduce the damages caused by noxious weeds.
Friends of the San Juans “Aruminator” Project Manager and Washington State University Master Gardener, Dixie Budke said, “It is important to choose your landscaping plants carefully and check to see if the plant is invasive before you buy it. The pioneers who brought Italian Arum to the islands as an ornamental didn’t know it could take over our yards and farmland.”
The goals of this project are to:
1) eradicate and prevent the spread of Italian Arum on private property and public lands on Lopez Island;
2) protect Island homes, communities, farms, natural areas, and wildlife from the impacts of Italian Arum;
3) engage Island communities in positive, collaborative efforts that will benefit us all; and
4) educate the community about their role and responsibility in noxious weed control starting with this pilot project on Lopez Island.