Spend the weekend at Blind Slough Swamp Habitat Reserve ridding the rare Sitka spruce swamp of purple loosestrife and English ivy. Invasive purple loosestrife grows along the lower Columbia and spreads easily, threatening to overwhelm the diverse wetland ecology of this area and crowding out native plants such as cattail and wapato, which feed native wildlife. The annual Swampathon weekend will being on Saturday striking both loosestrife and English ivy by canoes while the tide is out. On Sunday we will paddle upstream on larger side channels of the Columbia to attack loosestrife growing at the water’s edge from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers are welcome to camp together and share dinner Saturday night. Registration is limited to 16 people.
This important work is strenuous and can include disembarking from a canoe onto a steep and slippery bank, walking through dense jungle-like vegetation, and balancing on uneven ground while working with sharp tools. Wear rubber boots and gloves and wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and other clothes appropriate for canoeing and for working in thick, thorny underbrush. NCLC will provide the needed tools. Bring your own drinking water and lunches; dinner and breakfast will be provided to overnight campers. Bring a sleeping bag and pad if you plan to spend the night. There are no toilets or potable water at our work sites. Registration is limited to 16 people due to boat capacity (8 canoes). To sign up, please contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126, email@example.com. Melissa will share directions and camping details. Swampathon is a partnership with The Nature Conservancy.
Where is the event?
North Coast Land Conservancy (See address and directions below)