Balfour-Klickitat Loop Trail Invasive Houndstongue Pull


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge in our fall European houndstongue pull along this trail overlooking the Klickitat River.
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Youth volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each youth volunteer must register or be registered by parent or guardian.
  • Read our Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration.
  • Read our COVID-19 Event FAQ here. Friends is asking volunteers to provide proof of full vaccination. After you register, you will be asked to email a photo of your vaccination card or bring photo or physical card to event.

Project Description

Managing European Houndstongue requries seasonal maintenance in both spring and fall. Volunteers will contribute to a large restoration project that was started in spring 2018 to remove an infestation of European houndstongue. European houndstongue is poisonous to livestock, has seeds that spread prolifically, and can displace native vegetation. To mitigate the spread of this plant, stewardship volunteers have removed 2,000+ gallons of European houndstongue over the past three years! And the work continues!

Level of physical work includes hiking about 0.25 miles along a paved trail to the worksite in a field of tall grass. While working, volunteers will be digging with a hand tool or shovel, bending, and kneeling.

Site notes: There is a USFS outhouse here. There are ticks on site so we'll do frequent tick checks. There is some poison oak on site that we will identify and avoid.

W?hat we Provide:

  • Tools (shovels, hand pruners and hori-horis)
  • Work gloves (you are welcome to use your own)
  • S?nack bars

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (we'll picnic on site)
  • Sun protection
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • Face mask, hand sanitizer
  • Vax card photo

What to Wear:

  • Boots or sturdy sneakers
  • Long durable pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Dress for weather: extra layers of clothing in case of wet or cold weather

Schedule:

  • 9:00 a.m. - Check in and meet the crew
  • 9:15 a.m. - Gather for a safety briefing and project demo
  • 9:30 a.m. - Remove invasive houndstongue in two areas
  • 11:00 a.m. - Lunch break
  • 1:00 p.m. - Work party concludes

Directions:

A confirmation email with directions will be sent out 2-3 days before the event.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Skelly at sarah.skelly@gorgefriends.org or 503-501-6351.

Photo by Sarah Skelly