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 October 16 to treat cape-ivy regrowth just north of Pierce Point Ranch, around the residence, and possibly in the first drainage up the Tomales Point Trail. We made great progress here on September 18 (and genuinely enjoyed working in the first rain of the season) and the September group expressed interest in completing the fall project this month.
Cape-ivy (Delairea odorata) is one of the Seashore's top-priority invaders, especially in riparian areas as it contains alkaloids that are toxic to fish. At Pierce Point Ranch, we have successfully keep the species out of Tomales Bay, but it is crucial to stay on top of this vine, which can grow up to a foot a month.
Please meet at 9:30 am, Thursday, October 16, at the Tomales Bay trailhead (Pierce Point Ranch) parking lot.
Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to Pierce Point Ranch.
This workday will happen if at least four people confirm participation by 4 pm on Wednesday afternoon, October 15. 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.
Please bring warm and wind-stopping layers, water, snacks and/or lunch, and clothes that can get dirty. Stinging nettles and salmonberry are common in parts of this site, so please be prepared with tough clothing to withstand these prickly plants. We will not encounter poison oak. Ellen will bring some raingear if light-moderate rain is expected, but please contact her in case of heavy rain. The park will provide tools and gloves. The workday usually goes until 1:30 pm with a lunch break.
The Third Thursday Weeders meet on the third Thursday of every month (except December) 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 »