Brownsmead - The Nature Conservancy is inviting anyone interested in preserving Blind Slough Swamp to participate in a volunteer work party Saturday. Volunteers will remove purple loosestrife, an invasive aquatic weed.

Blind Slough Swamp Preserves, 15 miles east of Astoria in Brownsmead, is the best example of tidal Sitka spruce swamp remaining in Oregon, according to the organization. It provides habitat along the Columbia River for bald eagle, osprey, river otter and beaver.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, rubber boots, raingear, food and water, and are welcome to bring canoes if they have them. Registration is required; for more information or to register, contact Molly Dougherty at (503) 230-1221 or (


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