May is “Broom-Buster Month” on the Oregon Coast. Each May staff and volunteers with North Coast Land Conservancy focus on removing invasive Scotch broom from their properties and they encourage other property owners to do the same. The primary tool is loppers, cutting mature Scotch broom at or below ground level, where the stem is brown and not green, will kill the plant, and it won’t re-sprout. Digging out mature plants may actually encourage the growth of even more broom seedlings.
On Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will be busting broom at the conservancy’s Thompson Creek and Stanley March Habitat Reserve in Seaside. These 80 acres of creek and wetland are one of the land conservancy’s most visible success stories, with beavers actively building dams throughout the property.
On Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., conservancy volunteers will be busting broom at Surf Pines Prairie in Warrenton, which NCLC manages for habitat conservation. Contact conservancy stewardship director Melissa Reich to volunteer at 503-738-9126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more broom-busting, join Wednesday Weed Warriors. Every Wednesday May 3 through September. Volunteers help the NCLC stewardship crew tackle various projects on land conservancy properties. All are welcome to help Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or for as much time as you can spare. For details, visit NCLCtrust.org/weed-warrior-Wednesdays.