Policeman’s Helmet Finale

July 20, 2019

Saturday, July 20
10 am to 2 pm
Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside

Spend the day pulling, piling, and stomping this notorious weed. Help wrap up our three-year collaboration with the Necanicum Watershed Council to banish it from the Necanicum River basin.

Native to Asia, policeman’s helmet (Impatiens glandulifera) is named for the plant’s white, pink, or purple flowers, whose shape resembles an old-fashioned British policeman’s helmet. Since it was first sighted in the Necanicum River watershed a few years  ago, it has spread widely.

This invasive plant thrives in moist riparian areas such as the floodplain at Circle Creek, where we will be working. We picked this date in July to catch the plant while it is in bloom and easy to spot, but before it has had a chance to set seeds. (The mature seed pods, when touched, can spread seed as far as 20 feet; the seeds then float downstream and spread the plant farther.) Read more at NCLCtrust.org/pull-pile-stomp.

DIRECTIONS: Circle Creek Conservation Center is at the end of Rippet Road in Seaside; turn west off US 101 onto Rippet Road 0.7 mile north of the junction with US 26. Follow the road west and north a short distance, passing a gravel quarry on your left, to where it ends between two barns.

DETAILS: Wear rubber boots and gloves; NCLC will provide the needed tools. Bring your own drinking water and lunch. There are no toilets or potable water on site. If you’d like to help, contact NCLC Land Steward Eric Owen at 503-738-9126, erico@nclctrust.org, to let him know you’re coming and to ask questions.