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Help pull invasive purple loosestrife

Published on August 15, 2016 12:00PM

Purple loosestrife, called “the purple menace” by the North Coast Land Conservancy, is an invasive weed found primarily in Oregon along riverbanks and freshwater shores.

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Purple loosestrife, called “the purple menace” by the North Coast Land Conservancy, is an invasive weed found primarily in Oregon along riverbanks and freshwater shores.

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SVENSEN — Spend a day at the beautiful Wolf Bay Habitat Reserve east of Astoria, and help rid the marsh of a purple menace. Invasive purple loosestrife grows along the lower Columbia and spreads easily, threatening to overwhelm the diverse wetland ecology of this area and crowding out native plants such as cattail and wapato, which feed native wildlife.

North Coast Land Conservancy will host a hands-on stewardship day at Wolf Bay Habitat Reserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

Volunteers will pull up the invasive weed. It’s not hard; the roots separate easily from the saturated soil in the bay. Volunteers will lay the pulled weeds on the unused railroad tracks that border the bay, where they dry out and decompose without causing further harm.

Wear rubber boots and gloves; NCLC will provide tools. Bring your own drinking water and lunch. There are no toilets or potable water on site. If you’d like to help, contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org, for details and directions.

The Wolf Bay loosestrife pull is the first day of a two-day partnership with The Nature Conservancy to attack purple loosestrife growing along the lower Columbia. On Sunday, volunteers will be weeding The Nature Conservancy’s nearby Blind Slough by canoe and kayak.

Those wishing to participate Sunday as well must begin with an orientation from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday following the loosestrife pull at Wolf Bay. To register for The Nature Conservancy’s work party at Blind Slough, visit tinyurl.com/tncpurple



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