Opportunity Details

Invasive Plant Removal, Site Maintenance

Age Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age:18+

Restoration Work Party at Little Lobster

Date: Friday, September 13th

Time: We will meet at the Ray’s in Waldport to carpool/caravan to the site at 9 AM. We will arrive at the site by 10 AM and work until 2 PM, with lunch/snack breaks as needed.

What to Bring: Water and food, sun and rain protection, working/waterproof boots and gloves. We will provide garbage bags to take the invasive vegetation off site in, but extras are welcome.

Join MidCoast Watersheds Council in removing invasive, non-native nightshades from the riparian zone of Little Lobster Creek in the Alsea River Basin. Nightshades form dense colonies with extensive root systems that compete with native species. To effectively control the plant and prevent its spread into new areas, stopping seed production and killing the root system is key. Our Work Party goal will be to manually remove nightshades (currently flowering) from their roots along the banks of Little Lobster Creek, accessing them from the shallow stream itself, as well as from the land.

Site Background: MCWC began giving this site attention after recognizing that Little Lobster Creek’s ability to produce coho salmon—a federally listed endangered species with ecological, cultural, and economic importance—was limited by its high summer temperatures and lack of instream wood. Little Lobster Creek is currently listed on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s 303(d) list for water quality impairment, and the lack of fallen logs in the stream since the days of homestead clearing has led to a loss in the abundance of spawning gravels appropriate for salmonids, since there’s nothing in the creek to keep gravel from washing downstream during large storm events. To address these limitations, MCWC worked with several landowners to place significant amounts of large wood within the channel in the August 2018, and, with the help of volunteers in January 2019, planted thousands of native species in the riparian area to create a long-term source of wood recruitment and shade for the stream, as well as to provide forage for other wildlife such as beavers and pollinators.

Please contact Restoration Program Assistant Ari Blatt at ari@midcoastwc.org or (541)265-9195 to RSVP.

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2000 SW 1st Ave
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201
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