Invasive weed pulling event April 8 in Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
An invasive weed pulling work crew in April 2016 in north Mount Shasta. The 2017 "Let's Pull Together" weed pulling event is scheduled for April 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Mt. Shasta City Park.

Organizers say several organizations and agencies are fired up about the local invasive weed problem and support the 2nd annual community Weeds to Native Plants “Let’s Pull Together” day planned for this Saturday.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Mt. Shasta City Park’s upper lodge with registration and breakfast snacks, thanks to Mount Shasta Rotary. After a safety briefing, volunteers will meet their station leaders and head toward their work sites about 9 a.m. Work will continue until 1 p.m. Volunteers are invited to reconvene at the park for lunch.

“The Mt. Shasta community is ready to tackle noxious weeds once again to keep them in check,” said Mt. Shasta Area Audubon President Kerry Mauro. “The City of Mount Shasta, Mount Shasta Rotary, Mount Shasta Ecology Center, Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Neighborhood Association, USDA Forest Service, the Siskiyou Land Trust and Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers, are joining the Mt. Shasta Area Audubon in contributing time and resources to the removal of invasive plants.”

Because invasive plants like Scotch broom, Dyer’s woad and Himalayan blackberries do not have predators, there are no natural controls as with native species.

The areas of concentration will include sections of North Mt. Shasta Blvd., Ski Village Drive, Spring Hill Road, the acreage across from the hospital, and Sisson Meadow. While driving in the Mount Shasta area, motorists are asked to use caution and keep volunteers safe as they treat noxious weeds and replace them with native seeds.

All participants should be ready to get dirty and come prepared with gloves and tools such as shovels, steel rakes and weed removal forks. Waterproof boots are suggested because of recent rains. Hard working Extractigators and trucks will be used for larger, embedded plants.

Lucky individuals will receive prizes for their unique and gnarly invasive plant specimens, provided by Shasta Visions and the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce.

To sign up and/or receive more information, email, find the Mt. Shasta Area Audubon on Facebook in their Posts section, or contact event coordinator Rebeca Franco at 530-605-9148.