Volunteers on Hands and Knees in Moore Creek

20 January 2008

We had a very successful second workday in Moore Creek on January 20th. Many regulars and a few new folks showed up including: Don Aurthur, Val Cole, Terry Corwin and Jeff Helmer from the Land Trust, Monica, Chris AND John Ratliff, Carey from Meder Street, and new volunteer Diane Sterling.

Chris, John, and Diane are elated to be on their knees tending to French Broom!
Chris, John, and Diane are elated
to be on their knees tending to French Broom!

Jeff and Don display similar prowess.
Jeff and Don display similar prowess.

The hardy crew of 9 spent most of the workday down on hands an knees, removing smaller growths of French Broom along both sides of Moore Creek Canyon. First we completed work we began in December along the south side of the creek, mostly cleaning out broom around the bridge. We then moved to the northern side, and worked along the trail and up the hillside for the next two hours. As you can see from the photos, there was a lot bending down and removing small “broomlets.”

After six years, the broom is still in Moore Creek, but we have made substantial gains in taming it. There is far less broom than when we started. And, instead of 10 foot tall “trees” that blocked the trail and crowded out natives, we now have small growths of a foot or less. The challenge going forward is to keep the stamina up to outlive the French Broom seeds, which last 50+ years in the soil!

Thanks to everyone who came out. We really DO make a difference!