Pull Pile Stomp Event at Circle Creek
North Coast Land Conservancy is in the final phase of a three-year assault on the weed known as policeman’s helmet in the Necanicum River watershed. Volunteers are being sought for the grand finale: a day of weeding at Circle Creek Conservation Center. Policeman’s helmet (Impatiens glandulifera), a highly invasive non-native plant, has taken hold throughout the Necanicum watershed, choking out native plants and reducing plant and animal diversity while increasing the risk of streambank erosion. Policeman’s helmet is easy to pull; the next step is to pile uprooted plants and stomp on them to crush the stems and prevent the seed pods from developing or maturing.