The Nature Conservancy of Oregon invites anyone interested in preserving Blind Slough Swamp in Brownsmead to participate in a volunteer work party Saturday.

Located approximately 12 miles east of Astoria, Blind Slough Swamp Preserve is the best example of a tidal Sitka swamp remaining in the state, according to the Nature Conservancy. It also provides habitat along the Columbia River for bald eagle, osprey, river otter and beaver.

Volunteers will remove invasive plant species of English ivy and purple loosestrife. They should bring work gloves, food, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Volunteers are welcome to bring canoes.

A different volunteer work party is planned Aug. 3.

The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization seeking to preserve wildlife, plants and natural communities representing diversity of life on the planet by protecting lands and waters they need to survive. It has more than 28,000 members in Oregon, and its volunteers assist in maintaining 49 nature preserves throughout the state.

Registration is required for the work party. Registration or more information are available by contacting Molly Dougherty at or (503) 230-1221.


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