Restore the Yuba – Volunteers Needed

Event:  Scotch Broom Challenge
Dates: April 10 & 11, 2021 
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Meet at SYRCL office
Total Volunteers Needed: 16

Restoration Volunteers Needed

Join a SYRCL scientist and the Bear Yuba Land Trust for the 2021 Scotch Broom Challenge on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th from 10am-2pm.  SYRCL is looking for 4-8 volunteers for each day to help remove invasive species in the Yuba Watershed. The event will be physically distanced and use COVID safety protocol.

Volunteers are an integral part of the fight to control Scotch Broom

We rely on people-power as we work towards the eradication of invasive species. Volunteers will use weed wrenches to carefully remove each plant from the soil, causing as little disturbance as possible to small mosses and wildflowers during their springtime bloom. Volunteers will then mulch each plant with loppers right where it is pulled, a method that helps to stabilize the soil where the plant was removed and inhibits new Scotch Broom plants from sprouting during the next growth season.

What is Scotch Broom?

Scotch broom is a highly invasive non-native plant that can be found all over the Sierra foothills. In the springtime, the weed develops small pretty yellow flowers, but don’t be fooled; Scotch broom poses an extreme fire danger to our communities. The plant spreads rapidly and acts as a ladder fuel, moving fires up into the canopies of large, healthy trees during high severity fires. The plant does not provide habitat or food for wildlife and it changes the microbial relationships in the soils below it to make them less hospitable for native plants. Scotch broom displaces beneficial native plants and decreases biodiversity. This is especially impactful on sensitive riparian habitats along waterways. Read more about invasive species in our watershed and how SYRCL is meeting the challenge.

Volunteer Details

SYRCL will partner with Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to lead a two-day Scotch Broom Pull at the BYLT Birchville site. A maximum of eight volunteers (or up to two families or pods who can carpool together)  will be hosted at the site each day. Volunteers will meet at the SYRCL office at 313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959 and caravan to the site, which is an approximately 20-30 minute drive. Volunteers will be required to adhere to COVID-safe protocols. 

SYRCL & BYLT staff will train volunteers onsiteVolunteers will be using weed wrenches provided by SYRCL  and are encouraged to bring small loppers or hand snips if they have them.

Attendees will be asked to bring their own mask and water bottle(s), but SYRCL will provide masks (in case of mask loss/damage/forgetfulness). Volunteers will complete a short COVID survey and sign a waiver in order to participate.

What to Bring 

  • Dress: boots, long sleeves, pants, a hat, work gloves. Protective clothing for getting into the weeds!  
  • Plenty of water
  • snacks or lunch
  • sunscreen
  • mask 

Safety Measures 

COVID-safe strategies for this version of the event will include: 

  • Please do not attend if you have any COVID symptoms in the past two weeks. 
  • Mask-wearing is mandatory, and double masking is encouraged. Masks must fit snugly over the nose and mouth. 
  • No sharing of tools. Sufficient tools will be provided. 
  • At least six feet of distance maintained between all participants who are not in a pod. 
  • No carpooling with people outside of your pod. 
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