Balfour-Klickitat Loop Trail Invasive Plant Removal, WA
Saturday, November 16, 201910:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Join Friends Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator Mika Barrett and the U.S. Forest Service to remove invasive plants at the Balfour-Klickitat Loop Trail.Volunteers will contribute to a larger restoration project that was started in spring 2018 to remove an infestation of invasive European houndstongue. European houndstongue is poisonous to wildlife, has seeds that spread prolifically, and can displace native vegetation. To mitigate the spread of this plant, stewardship volunteers removed 1,400+ gallons of European houndstongue last year.
Volunteers will also help cut down the invasive plant, Himalayan blackberry. The blackberry is crowding out native Oregon white oak trees, which provides critical habitat for wildlife. Volunteers will help free the trees to preserve this important resource in the Gorge. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Get ready to have fun!
Hazards include: Poison oak, sharp tools, and walking on uneven terrain.
We appreciate our volunteers! As a thank you, volunteers are gifted with a free Friends of the Columbia Gorge tech-tee after completing 3 stewardship work parties. For those who have gone above and beyond for the Gorge, volunteers earn a NW Forest Pass after completing 6 stewardship work parties with the U.S. Forest Service.
What to Bring:
- Lunch and plenty of water
- Thick pants and jacket (jeans work great to avoid getting snagged by blackberry)
- Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
- A pack to carry your personal gear
- A smile and the excitement to learn new skills and meet great people!
- 10:00 a.m. - Be ready to sign in and meet the crew
- 10:15 a.m. - Gather for a safety briefing and plant removal demo
- 10:30 a.m. - Restoration project begins
- 12:00 noon. - Lunch Break
- 12:30 p.m. - Restoration project continues
- 2:00 p.m. - Work party concludes