Trailworkers Best Monsoon in Moore Creek

10 December 2006

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor the opportunity to Chrismas shop with the masses kept an intrepid bunch of six volunteers from working in Moore Creek Preserve on December 10th. But, while the rain was heavy, it made for great progress at removing broom from the main entrance to the preserve, down at Highway 1 and Schaffer road.

Broom WAS all over the place along the main entrance to Moore Creek, before we began.
Broom WAS all over the place
along the main entrance to Moore Creek,
before we began.

Bertrand can’t get enough of this stuff! -- and he knows he’s pulling ahead of his wife and daughter in the volunteer contest!
Bertrand can’t get enough of this stuff! --
and he knows he’s pulling ahead
of his wife and daughter in the volunteer contest!

Gadzooks! The volunteers perform gravity-defying techniques to remove the broom!
Gadzooks! The volunteers perform
gravity-defying techniques to remove the broom!

It may have been rainy, it may have been mudy, bit it was still a lot of fun working together.
It may have been rainy, it may have been muddy,
bit it was still a lot of fun working together.

A great crew, it was.
A great crew, it was.

A crew of six hard core volunteers braved the elements on Sunday, all of them Moore Creek regulars. The group consisted of Don Aurthur, John Bono, Val Cole, Carol Glover and Julie Ann Hopkins from the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, and Bertrand Teplitxky. Bertrand is the current leader in the volunteer contest, by the way.

This was our first time working in this lower section of the Moore Creek, and we definitely made a difference. The crew focused its work along the steep hillside to the right as you first enter the preserve. It was really something trying to pull this stuff out of the hillsides in the pouring rain, with lots mud. Most of the broom was six feet tall or higher.

Don dropped down from the top of the hill, removing large broom growths along the edge of what is essential a cliff. In the meantime, Bertrand and John made sport of removing broom creeping up the hillside -- in many instances literally hanging by their fingers to remove the pesky stuff (see the great picture of this to your right). All the while, Carol Glover and JulieAnn Hopkins pulled the smaller broom from along the trail and carted it all back to the main entrance. From there, Matt, our intrepid hauler, piled the unwelcome invasive specie into his truck to haul away.

By the end of the workday, we’d pretty much laid the broom to waste along the entire hillside -- it will be much more beautiful, and less invasive, for the hikers as they enter the Moore Creek from now on, giving the native species and wildflowers room to grow.

Next month, on January 7th, we’ll work further up this same trail, where a huge broom forest awaits us. Our goal is to eradicate all this with a single large crew -- both what is in the park, and along the border(which is PG&E land). If we are feeling luck, we’ll also do our best to remove five large Pampas grass plants, back by he main entrance. Please come out and join us into the new year. We really DO make a difference!



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