Bust Broom at Surf Pines Prairie

May 11, 2019

Saturday, May 11
10 am to 1 pm
Surf Pines Prairie Habitat Reserve

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 May 11 we will be busting broom at Surf Pines Prairie Habitat Reserve, which we have been managing for conservation for several years and which we recently acquired. It is located off US 101 just north of Gearhart. Volunteers will also get a look at blooming early blue violets and other native prairie species as we bust broom.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at (503) 738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org to let her know you’re coming and to get directions. 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.

Coastal 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.