Scotch Broom Challenge Success – and more Restoration Events Coming!

A SYRCL volunteer holds a large Scotch Broom freshly removed!

SYRCL’s 22 volunteers removed 1 acre of  Scotch Broom at Hoyt’s Crossing on the South Yuba River on April 27th. With such an excellent turn out of dedicated volunteers, we covered more ground than expected. SYRCL has adopted Hoyts Crossing as a site for annual removal efforts and eventual eradication.  This work helps to reduce fire danger and allow native plants and wildlife to thrive.

Volunteers pulled the Scotch Broom with weed wrenches, and then mulched the plant with loppers right where the plant was pulled. This method is meant to stabilize the soil where the plant was removed, and also inhibit new Scotch Broom plants from sprouting the next season. After hiking a mile to the work site with heavy tools, working hard to pull and mulch the Scotch Broom, and meeting fellow river lovers, everyone enjoyed a celebratory break along the lovely South Yuba River.

A SYRCL volunteer mulches pulled Scotch Broom

“What motivates me to come back to remove to Scotch Broom is to see the change from year to year. We have a great time getting to know each other and working hard to remove Scotch Broom from our river’s corridor!” states Claire Ellwanger, SYRCL volunteer.

SYRCL’s restoration program is continuing to grow and we need YOU to join our restoration team. We have exciting opportunities for you to get involved, help aspen trees thrive and restore mountain meadows.

  • June 18thLearn about Meadows and More with David Burton
    • David Burton, Director of Aspen Delineation Project and recipient of Bureau of Land Management’s 2007 “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Award will be joining SYRCL to speak about aspen stands and meadows. Meadows are fascinating and vital ecosystems – come and learn about them and help us restore them! (no fee)
  • July 13th & 27th, August 10th & 24thAspen Regeneration in Mountain Meadows
    • Restoration of mountain meadows is a strategic priority for SYRCL’s work to make our watershed healthier and more resilient to climate change.  Our focus this year is the restoration of Sierra Aspen which are in extreme decline from conifer encroachment and changes in natural fire and hydrology. But you can help! Come out with us to learn about meadow ecosystems and help restore aspen tree habitat, one of the Sierra Nevada’s biodiversity hotspots! (no fee).  Contact Adele Rife to register to participate in any of these service days.
  • September 21stThe 16th Annual Greater Yuba Clean Up and Restoration Day
    • Join SYRCL to restore the Yuba River watershed at over 35 sites along 90 miles of shoreline along with several restoration projects. (no fee)
  • More dates to come for invasive weed removal in the South Yuba River State Park

Enormous thank you to all the devoted and enthusiastic volunteers that came out to remove Scotch Broom on April 27th; we removed 1 acre of Scotch Broom because of your hard work, which helps reduce fire danger and allow native plants and wildlife to return to the site. SYRCL thanks the Bureau of Land Management for partnering with us at Hoyt’s Crossing on the South Yuba River. We also thank the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County for hosting the Scotch Broom Challenge each year throughout Nevada County.

Please stay tuned for a short video of our recent Scotch Broom Challenge to learn more about this invasive weed and how we can work to control it.

Volunteers gather at the end of the day
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