Triplicate Staff

Redwood National and State Parks is looking for volunteers for the seventh annual Broom Bash in the Bald Hills on Saturday.

Volunteers who help remove the invasive Scotch broom from the Bald Hills will be able to hear an illustrated talk detailing the rich cultural history of the area.

Weed-pulling volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Kuchel Visitor Center in Orick, share a snack and then caravan into the Bald Hills.

After a couple hours of pulling broom, Park Ranger Jim Wheeler will use historic photographs of the area to describe the way the region has been used by Native Americans and Euro-American settlers, including a family that dominated sheep ranching in the Bald Hills from the 1860s to 1960s.

Native Americans used to keep the hills "bald" using fire in order to create hunting grounds for elk and deer as well as create oak woodlands for acorns and plant materials for basket weaving, Wheeler said.

"Bald Hills is one of the most beautiful sections of the park here," Wheeler said. "The prairies and woodlands are vast landscapes that are very beautiful."

Bring a bag lunch, drinking water, work clothes (with layers for changeable North Coast weather conditions), and work gloves if you have them. Gloves and all other equipment needed will be provided by the parks.

Rain cancels the event.

For more information, contact Renee Gibbs at 707-465-7765.