Local conservation groups and other partners are seeking volunteers to remove an invasive plant near Lake Earl on Saturday in hopes of restoring habitat for a threatened butterfly.

The Tolowa Dunes Stewards, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Sequoia Park Zoo will spearhead a Scotch broom bash at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area, according to a press release. The invasive plant is taking over coastal prairies around the lagoon, home to one of the last five remaining populations of the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and Hambro WSG are also sponsoring the event.

While the broom bash has been scheduled for Saturday, if it rains it will be rescheduled for April 6, according to the release.

Volunteers should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Pacific Shores subdivision near Tell Boulevard and Kellogg Road. Those wishing to carpool should meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road in Crescent City.

Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided. People are asked to RSVP, but it's not required. To RSVP, call Sandra Jerabek at 707- 954-5253 or email jerabek@jeffnet.org .

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