Join the Marin Chapter California Native Plant Society's "Third Thursday Weeders" to spend a day at beautiful Point Reyes and help tackle invasive weeds that threaten important plant habitat in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
You are invited to join the Third Thursday Weeders workday on Thursday, January 15, 2015, to remove veldt grass (Ehrharta erecta) around the Lighthouse parking lot. This invasive perennial grass is a prolific seeder and germinates throughout the year and poses a serious threat, especially to the rare annual species found in the coastal prairies, bluffs, and dunes. However, with repeated visits targeting a very diverse area adjacent to the parking lot, the Weeders have helped to improve this rare plant habitat and have seen rewarding displays of rare and other wildflowers in the springtime. January is a good time for removing veldt grass, before it has gone to seed, and will allow volunteers and visitors to return later to see the fruits of the volunteers' labor. Volunteers may also target yellow oxalis (Oxalis pes-caprae), which is only visible early in the season.
Please meet at 9:30 am at the Lighthouse parking lot. (Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the Lighthouse.)
Volunteer will work until about 1:30 pm with a lunch break. Please bring warm and wind-stopping layers, water, snacks and/or lunch, and clothes that can get dirty. Tools and gloves will be provided.
This workday will happen if at least four people confirm participation by 3:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon, January 14. Please RSVP by emailing Ellen Hamingson or by calling 415-464-5196. Ellen will send a confirmation by the end of Wednesday to those who have responded.
The Third Thursday Weeders meet on the third Thursday of most months at 9:30 am, usually at a trailhead near the work location. They visit beautiful sites to conduct important follow-up removal to maintain and enhance large-scale restoration projects. The workday usually involves a chance to view native plants—often including rare species—that are recolonizing the areas.More »