Steve Warner NCLC

North Coast Land Conservancy volunteer Steve Warner of Seaside pauses while hand-pulling knotweed at Necanicum Forest Habitat Reserve.

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.

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