Tom McCall Preserve Volunteer Weeding Event
Located in the transition zone between the moist, heavily-forested west side of the Cascades and the drier bunch grass prairies of the east, Tom McCall Preserve is home to one of Oregon’s most impressive displays of spring wildflowers. More than 200 plant species, including grass widows, prairie stars, shooting stars, balsamroot, lupine and Indian paintbrush thrive here.
The Tom McCall Preserve is also an incredible example of partnership between The Nature Conservancy, Oregon State Parks (part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department), and the US Forest Service. Oregon State Parks is celebrating “100 Volunteer Projects for 100 Years!” The Nature Conservancy in Oregon will be participatingin the legacy of service that has sustained the state parks system for a century by going out withvolunteers to Mayer State Park and Tom McCall Preserve on Saturday, May 14.
Volunteers will perform weed cutting and hand pulling.This will involve using a manual grass whip hand tool to cut tall oatgrass on steep terrain, which involves swiftly swinging the tool back and forth like a golf club to cut the grass.We will also be hand pulling an invasive grass called Ventenata and placing the pulled plants into plastic bags. This will require the ability to be on your hands and knees to pull the grass.
All volunteers must be 14 or older to participate. All participants between 14 and18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Social distancing must be observed at all times.
There arepoison oak and tickson the property. We highly recommend wearing a long-sleeve shirt and pants with sturdy shoes and long socks as protection. We will be bringing Tecnu soap in case anyone comes into contact with poison oak. Rattlesnakes have been seen on the property, so as you would in any outdoor space watch where you are treading.
Please note there is no restroom or water at this site, so plan accordingly. The closest restrooms are at Mayer State Park, which is a 7-minute drive from the trailhead.
We highly recommend bringing your own face mask and supply of hand sanitizer, however back-ups will be available if needed.
Register for the event at https://preserve.nature.org/page/102643/event/1.
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