Magnificent Seven Tackle Broom Next To Preserve

08 March 2009

Broom removal crossed the chasm from Moore Creek to adjoining private property this past weekend. Having largely silenced this nettlesome species within the confines of the preserve, Trailworkers and the Land Trust began working to eradicate the adjoining lands of French Broom, which continue seeding the park. As we like to say, seed dispersion knows no boundaries.

We had a whole hillside to work, more than a morning would allow.
We had a whole hillside to work,
more than a morning would allow.

Newcomer Ruth quickly got her game on.
Newcomer Ruth quickly got her game on.

The crew left quite the wreckage in its wake, which will decompose over the year.
The crew left quite the wreckage in its wake,
which will decompose over the year.

Smiles from a tired crew near the end of our day. Nobody got off easy.
Smiles from a tired crew near the end of our day.
Nobody got off easy.

A fantastic team of seven worked hard all morning on a large hillside that slopes towards the creek. The broom was large & thick, as you can see from the attached photos, as it had never before been worked. We were thankful to have our trusty Weed Wrenches along to help persuade the broom to leave the ground.

Our crew for the day consisted of regulars Don Aurthur, John Bono, and Val Cole, newcomer Ruth Hoffecker, neighbor and sometimes regular Neal Langholz, and Land Trust Members Larry Olsen & Pete Pulius.

We did not finish the hillside, so were denies the satisfaction of visual completion. But we shall return next month to see if its possible to dust things off, before the we weather escapes us.

Our workday was ended in style as Brianna Lehmann from the Land Trust delivered a dozen burritos at the moment we finished. Thanks again to the Land Trust for their support throughout our workdays. What a way to wrap the day!