Here are a few ways folks can help protect the Smith River estuary:
This Washington lily grows wild in the Siskiyou Mountains not far from the Smith River estuary.
For many years we at Siskiyou Land Conservancy have believed that, with enough cajoling, state and federal public trust representatives would curtail pesticide use on the Smith River Plain. The laws — particularly the federal Clean Water Act, but also the state and federal Endangered Species Act and the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act — are on their side. We are no longer confident that this will occur anytime soon.
Clearly, the most effective means of transforming farming practices on the Smith River Plain is for consumers to purchase Easter lilies that are grown organically. It’s especially important that organic standards are applied from the very beginning of bulb production, starting in Smith River, and extending to the greenhouses elsewhere in North America where the bulbs are grown into seasonal flowers.
Until the bulbs are grown organically, we are asking Easter lily consumers to choose from a large selection of alternatives to Easter lilies:
- Peace lilies
- Calla lilies
- White Peruvian lilies
- Easter daisies
- Moon orchids
- White roses