Grass-pulling help sought for Saturday

Written by Triplicate Staff August 03, 2012 06:31 pm

Volunteers pull invasive European beach grass during a past excursion at Tolowa Dunes State Park. Photo courtesy of Sandra Jerabek
Volunteers pull invasive European beach grass during a past excursion at Tolowa Dunes State Park. Photo courtesy of Sandra Jerabek
Saturday brings another chance to help restore the beach dunes habitat in Tolowa Dunes State Park.

Volunteers willing to help pull up invasive beach grass should meet at noon at the Lake Earl Wild Area Information Center, 2591  Old Mill Road, Crescent City (off Northcrest Drive), which is at the end of Old Mill Road. They will return to the center by 4 p.m.

The event would be cancelled if it’s raining — call 707-954-5253 if you are uncertain.

 

The destination will  be a hidden, off-trail site where grass is pulled the first Saturday of every month. Participants will hike a moderate 1-mile stretch while discovering the native plants and birds along the way, then assist with conservation efforts to eradicate invasive European beach grass that has inundated California coastal dunes and has contributed to the destruction of critical habitat for native dune species and the federally threatened Western Snowy Plover.

On the third Sunday of every month, volunteers pull grass at the Big South Dune.

The efforts are necessary to ensure “that a lush island of the most diverse native dune plants in all of Tolowa Dunes State Park can survive and spread, providing homes and food for native animals,” according to a statement issued by organizers.

This is a moderate activity. Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, hats, sunscreen and snacks, as well as shovels and gloves  (but organizers have extra gloves and shovels).

Educational and interpretive programs held at Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area are sponsored by the Tolowa Dunes Stewards, the Smith River Alliance and the Redwood Parks Association.

For more information, contact Sandra Jerabek, Tolowa Dunes Stewards, 707-954-5253.