Letter: Spring into action with early non-native annual plant removal, Saturday


Posted by on Fri, March 6, 2009


The Coastside Land Trust will hold a Francis Beach restoration event this coming Saturday, March 7, 12:30–3pm. We’ll identify native and invasive plants, discuss strategies for drought survival, and selectively remove invasive plants to help our natives thrive.

The best time to remove early spring non-native plants is before their roots are well-established and before they start to produce seeds. This Saturday, after a discussion of native and invasive plant strategies for surviving drought, we will identify non-native and native plants and selectively remove non-natives to help our natives thrive. 

Please join us; children and families always welcome. Check in at the Francis State Beach kiosk at Kelly and the Pacific Ocean, and proceed north on the maintenance road to the maintenance sheds. Our properties are on the east side of the maintenance road. Refreshments, California Poppy seeds, good humor and appreciation are provided for all ages and abilities.

Jo Chamberlain

Yesterday a dozen volunteers helped the Coastside Land Trust with its long-term plant management of our Francis Beach properties. We spent the early afternoon reviewing removal strategies for the early invasive annuals and discussing the drought tolerance of native species. We then proceeded to implement our strategy: pulling. We cleared about half an acre of poison hemlock, mustard, thistle and wild radish. Thanks to all who helped this time and have in the past. Our next restoration day is April 25, 12:30–3pm; please check our website for details: CoastsideLandTrust.org.

Jo Chamberlain,
Executive Director