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, February 19, 2015, to remove cape-ivy (Delairea odorata) from a wetland on A Ranch. Cape-ivy is one of our highest-priority invaders, with documented negative impacts on native plant communities, bird nesting habitat, fish, spiders, and possibly some mammals. It requires extensive repeat treatments as it can spread clonally from fragments of 1/4", but it is not difficult to dig out nor is it widespread in the Seashore. The invaded drainage supports both Pacific chorus frogs and California red-legged frogs, and the adjacent upland pastures are botanically diverse, with a good component of rare and other native wildflowers, so your efforts will be important in protecting the Seashore's biodiversity.
Please meet prmptly at 9:30 am at the Chimney Rock parking lot. (Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to Chimney Rock.) We will be carpooling in as few cars as possible to the pullout across from the A Ranch house.
Volunteers will work until about 1:30 pm with a lunch break. (The hike back to the Chimney Rock parking lot is obvious if anyone needs to leave at lunch time.) Please bring warm and wind-stopping layers, rain gear if the forecast warrants it, water, snacks and/or lunch, and clothes that can get dirty. Tools and gloves will be provided. This workday will involve going through the ranch complex and under a barbed wire fence, then hiking about 15 minutes to the drainage. Following rains during the preceding week, some areas could be muddy. With advance notice, the park can provide some rain pants and rubber boots.
This workday will happen if at least four people confirm participation by 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon, February 18. 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 »