North Coast Land Conservancy has been working to remove invasive Japanese knotweed at the Necanicum Forest Habitat Reserve, adjoining Klootchy Creek County Park outside Seaside.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, volunteers are invited to help plant native trees and shrubs at the site, to maintain the gains the conservancy has made in this beautiful second-growth forest along the Necanicum River.
Japanese knotweed grows fast and tall — 6 to 12 feet — quickly shading out native trees that keep streams cool and stabilize stream banks. Hand-pulling can be effective on small populations of knotweed when done regularly, as a dedicated corps of NCLC volunteers has done.
People interested in helping can email Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at melissar@NCLCtrust.org or call her at 503-738-9126. She will provide directions to the site and will notify volunteers if severe weather causes a change of schedule.
Volunteers should wear gloves and work boots. NCLC will supply the necessary tools. Bring water and snacks or a lunch. There is no potable water at the site, and no toilets. Dogs are not allowed on any Land Conservancy properties.