Bust Broom for Beavers

May 6, 2017
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Saturday, May 6
10 am to 1 pm
Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh

Each May staff and volunteers with North Coast Land Conservancy focus on removing invasive Scotch broom on our properties: we call it Broom Buster Month. On Saturday, May 6, a team of NCLC volunteers will spend the day attacking Scotch broom at our Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve, which NCLC conserved in 2006 and began restoring. These 80 acres of creek and wetland are now one of our most visible success stories, with beavers now actively building dams throughout the property. As time permits, we may also use the same loppers we’re wielding against Scotch broom to cut back weeds encroaching on young willows planted here in December.

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org to let her know you’re coming. Wear sturdy boots and gloves. Bring loppers if you have them; otherwise all equipment will be provided. Bring drinking water and lunch; there will be no toilets or potable water on site. Dogs are not allowed on NCLC properties. We will met at the pump house near Thompson Creek. From US 101 at the north end of Seaside, turn east on Lewis and Clark Road. Take the first right onto Thompson Falls Drive, then an immediate left into a gravel parking area at the pump house.

Property owners are encouraged to remove Scotch broom and other invasive plants from their own properties during Broom Buster Month as well; click for more information and tips. Widely planted and admired in the early 20th century for its bright yellow blossoms, Scotch broom out-competes native plants and is turning our open coastal prairies into a monoculture of dense, weedy shrubs, destroying the habitat that many coastal animals need to survive.