Killer Crew Knocks Out Broom In Moore Creek

08 February 2009

An amazing group of eleven volunteers made quick work of invasive French Broom on February 8th in Moore Creek. Aided by several days of rain preceding the workday, the bunch of seasoned veterans and enthused newbies completed a full TWO days of work in a single morning.

After a very dry January, the rains finally came this week, and the the pullin' was easy! The gang started on the eastern side of Moore Creek and make quick work of an area about a hundred yards long. This was our third or fourth pass at the area, and our progress is really starting to show. We rid the area of any and all broom in about 30 minutes -- it took us two full workdays the original time we worked here.

These fantastic volunteers (and a few more) made it happen big time on Feb 8th.
These fantastic volunteers (and a few more)
made it happen big time on Feb 8th.

The team decimated the hillside of broom with alacrity.
The team decimated the hillside of broom
with alacrity.

Jonah Tobin clocked-in as our youngest volunteer of the day -- and had a good run of it, too.
Jonah Tobin clocked-in as our youngest volunteer
of the day -- and had a good run of it, too.

There was a lot of time spent working on the small stuff...
There was a lot of time spent
working on the small stuff...

Don and Chris discovering some large broom bushes -- and bidding them adieu!
Don and Chris discovering
some large broom bushes
-- and bidding them adieu!

From there the team headed to the western slope of the creek, the area in and around the cattle gate. Here we worked both old areas and new, pulling out small broom plants and full grown "trees." Once we had cleared off the hillsides, we began investigating amongst the Coyote Brush and Scrub Oak, only to find some substantial broom trees -- which were easy to remove with Weed Wrenches, after all the rain.

Before wrapping-up, the crew headed to a stretch of private property that is contiguous to the preserve, and filled with second growth broom. All eleven volunteers focused here until we were spent, a bit before noon. All in all it was an absolutely amazing day -- full of progress and fun too!

A big hand goes out to both our regular and new volunteers. As always, Don Aurthur, John Bono, and Val Cole were there. They were joined by newcomer Ken Johnson, Helen Power, Daniel from down the street, Saladin, Sane, fellow neighbors Tom and Jonah Tobin, and Chris Wilmers. Terry Cole even came along for a bit of the day -- we didn't chase him away after last months hard work, evidently. Thanks to this crew -- you were amazing.