Join the MidCoast Watersheds Council on Saturday, Oct. 19 in removing invasive Himalayan blackberry and planting native species in the Upper Yaquina Watershed to support salmon and orca recovery.
As its name suggests, Himalayan blackberry does not originate from the Pacific Northwest, and its’ thorny, thicket-forming nature poses a challenge to native species establishment in riparian zones. With continual management, native plants can grow tall enough to eventually shade Himalayan blackberry out. But until then, the work of dedicated staff and volunteers is vital to ensuring successful restoration projects.
The group will meet at the Eddyville Post Office at 9:45 a.m. to carpool, caravan or shuttle to the site, which is about 15 minutes away. The party will work until 2 p.m. with lunch and snack breaks as needed. Please bring water and food, rain protection, work boots and gloves. Bringing tools is encouraged, though some will be provided.
After enough area is cleared, the work party goal will be to plant more native trees and shrubs where gaps exist in the establishing riparian buffer. In addition to the shade that keeps invasive species out and stream temperatures cool, native plants provide the important watershed benefits of water filtration, soil stabilization, pollinator habitat, large woody debris recruitment and carbon sequestration, among others — all of which promote the recovery of salmon, and all the beings that depend on them.
Please RSVP by contacting Restoration Program Assistant Ari Blatt at [email protected] or 541-265-9195.