Scotch broom is the most conspicuous invasive species we have in our watershed. In the spring and summer, the road sides are lined with bright yellow flowers, and in the winter, the flowers fall off to reveal bright green stems. Although it may seem beautiful, Scotch broom has a dark side. It is extremely flammable and is toxic to deer, livestock, and horses. Since it cannot be grazed it becomes a serious fire risk and can reach heights over 10 feet tall. Scotch broom can also grow in large, dense patches, not allowing native plants to grow in the area and reducing the habitat and food source of many of our native species.
But, wait! There is something you can do to reduce the risk Scotch broom poses to our community and beautiful home. My name is Asia Jones and I am SYRCL’s new Restoration Coordinator. I have lived in Northern California my whole life and have loved every community I have been a part of, from the coast to right here in Nevada City. I am excited to coordinate SYRCL’s annual Scotch Broom Challenge this year on Saturday, March 30. I hope to see you there. During this event, we will pull Scotch broom from Purdon Crossing and mulch it before it has the chance to flower and seed. Don’t worry about tools or equipment, all you need to bring is a full water bottle, lunch, and sturdy shoes. We will have weed wrenches, gloves, and snacks.
What: SYRCL’s Scotch Broom Challenge
When: Saturday, March 30, 9:00am-1pm
Where: Purdon Crossing. Meet at the SYRCL office and we will carpool
To RSVP, sign up on SYRCL’s volunteer calendar here.
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 for more Scotch Broom Challenge events in our area. If under you are under 18 years of age, please make sure a parent is present to sign a waiver or one can be emailed to you upon request. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, contact Asia Jones, AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator at email@example.com or 530.265.5961 ext. 216.