Scotch Broom Challenge, March 31: Calling All River Avengers

Stop the Broom Before the Bloom at Purdon

Know & Go:

What: SYRCL’s Scotch Broom Challenge

When: Saturday, March 31, 8:30am-1pm

Where: Purdon Crossing. Meet at the SYRCL office and we will carpool! 

Questions? Contact: Karli Foreman at or 530.265.5961 ext. 216.

Scotch broom is an invasive species that competes with native plant species and increases fire danger in our watershed. Scotch broom is a shrub that grows in dense patches, displacing native plants by shading them out and changing soil fertility. It is inedible to most animals and thrives in a wide range of environmental conditions. 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 can quickly grow up to 10ft tall and flourishes on roadsides and heavily impacted areas, creating a significant fire hazard in the forests we live and recreate in.

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 and the Independence Trail. For the past five years, volunteers have banded together to fight against Scotch broom and we have nearly won! Scotch broom populations at Hoyt’s Crossing and the Independence Trail have diminished greatly thanks to the awesome efforts of our volunteers. While we will return to Hoyt’s again to keep the infestation at bay, this year we are moving upstream to Purdon Crossing.

SYRCL’s Scotch broom Challenge is set for Saturday, March 31st from 8:30am-1pm. We will meet at the SYRCL’s office and will carpool to Purdon Crossing. If you need directions, follow this link. 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 about our restoration program, please visit our website. Also, be sure to check out the Fire Safe Council website for more Scotch Broom Challenge events in our area!

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

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, contact Karli Foreman, AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator at or 530.265.5961 ext. 216.


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