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Yellow Star Thistle (http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management/yst.php) is an invasive species that has the ability to severely outcompete native grassland species. Each plant can disperse up to 35,000 seeds per year. That's why it is really important to remove yellow star thistle before it spreads its seed. We removed all known plants last year for the first time ever which means that we are getting close to complete eradication from the preserve. We could really use your help to reach the goal of complete removal for a 2nd year!
For four days in one week, LandPaths will be removing flowering Yellow Star Thistle by hand. LandPaths stewardship staff will be there for the whole time each day but volunteers can feel free to come and go as they please. Some smaller patches require a short but steep hike to get to.
Contact Erin at email@example.com with any questions!
Come whenever you can during one or more of the below time periods. Directional signs will lead you to the parking area, tool pick-up location where you will grab gloves, hand pruners, and a weed bag, and point you in the direction of the current days removal.
Tuesday, July 30th 8:00am-2:00pm
Wedenesday, July 31th 8:00am-2:00pm
Thursday, August 2nd 8:00am-2:00pm
Friday, August 3rd 8:00am-2:00pm
Location & Directions
Directions to Bohemia Ecological Preserve – north gate: The north gate entrance to Bohemia Preserve is located at 6773 Bohemian Highway, approximately 3.1 miles north of Occidental. From the intersection of Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, drive north on Bohemian Highway for approximately 2.7 miles , notice a sign for Westminster Woods on your left, continue driving for another .4 miles. The entrance to the property is on a straight stretch of road, on your right, a few hundred yards after a sweeping left hand turn. If you pass an area that looks like a quarry on your right, you’ve just passed the property entrance.
There will be a LandPaths on the opposite side of Bohemian Highway. Once inside the gate drive up the steep road until you reach the parking area. Grab your tools, backpack with water and snacks, sunscreen, etc. and follow the signs to the workday.
What to Bring:
Hand Pruners and resusable weed Bags if you have them (we'll have them if you don't)
Picnic lunch/Snacks & Water
Backpack to carry them
Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy
Work gloves: LandPaths will have some if you do not have any.
Eye protection and Long Pants Recommended
Hat and Sun screen (it is sunny where we'll be!)
You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
There is a porta-potty on the property
There is no potable water available on the property.
No pets or smoking are permitted.
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