Stewardship Event: NPSO Great Camas Patch Scotch Broom Pull/Lost Creek Hike

Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: Carson, WA
Leaders: Roger Brewer, Susan Saul, & Jason Clinch (NPSO)

Over the last few years we have made excellent progress toward control of Scotch Broom on this piece of property near Carson, WA that Russ Jolley made famous on the cover of his book Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge. At this work party, we will be looking for and eliminating new scotch broom sprouts and removing older plants we might have missed in the past. We’ll have saws and loppers but it may be helpful, to bring more as well as your gloves and clippers. We will work for about 2 hours, from about 9:30am to 11:30am, followed by a quick lunch. After paying the price of admission at Great Camas Patch, the Giant Trees of Lost Creek will be the reward for your labor. Hike underneath the ancient Douglas-fir and western red-cedar trees of Lost Creek. In the late 1990s, the late Russ Jolley helped save the 170 acres of big, old trees from a timber sale and this place was dear to him. The hike will be on an unofficial path forming a fairly easy 1.5 mile loop. Expect to walk across streams on logs and climb over or around fallen trees. Anyone wanting to participate in the Scotch Broom Pull but not continue to the Lost Creek Trees hike is welcome to return home after the Scotch Broom Pull if you have driven. If you need to carpool, we will do our best to divide people up by car depending on their desire to return to Portland after the Pull or to continue to Lost Creek Trees. Due to the ecological sensitivity of this area, attendance is strictly limited to 15 people. Registration is required; contact Roger at rogerbrewer@comcast.net for more information or to sign-up.

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