Take the Scotch Broom Challenge

Join SYRCL’s River Avengers and
Take the Scotch Broom Challenge!

Do the rains have you itching to get outside and get your hands dirty?
Kick that cabin-fever to the curb and join SYRCL for our annual Scotch broom Challenge!

Know & Go:

What: SYRCL’s Scotch Broom Challenge

When: Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 from 9am-1pm

Where: Hoyt’s Crossing/Independence Trail. Meet at the Independence Trailhead.

Scotch broom is an invasive species that out competes native plant species through a number of strategies. First, animals can’t keep it in check because they don’t want to eat it. Scotch broom also drops oils that change the content of the soil itself. Furthermore, this noxious weed thrives in a wide range of environmental conditions and seeds can survive in soil for over 80 years. The long-term seed survival is doubly impressive considering that just one shrub produces thousands of seeds, which are transported over large areas by animals, humans, automobiles—you name it. Scotch broom flourishes on roadsides–limiting visibility–and the shrubs are a notorious fire hazard in the Sierra Nevada.

Despair not, for we have a solution:  The Scotch broom Challenge! Working with California State Parks and the Fire Safe Council, SYRCL adopted a Scotch broom site at Hoyt’s Crossing/Independence Trail. Join us for our fifth year of removing Scotch broom from some of Nevada County’s most beloved trails! We will be meeting on Sunday, April 2nd from 9am-1pm at the Highway 49 parking lot. Tools and snacks will be provided. Please bring a lunch, water sturdy shoes, and join your fellow river-lovers in removing this invasive species!

For more information, please visit our website at: http://yubariver.org/event/2017-scotch-broom-challenge/. Also, be sure to check out the Fire Safe Council website (www.areyoufiresafe.com) for more Scotch Broom Challenge events close to you!

Join SYRCL’s River Avengers (a.k.a. SYRCL’s Restoration Team) and repeat after us:

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, contact Courtney Hudson, AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator at courtney@syrcl.org or 530.265.5961 ext. 216.