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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader
In last month’s newsletter I was celebrating the glorious warm summery winter we were experiencing. So much for that! Drought and floods, snow, and wind and ice… recently these have all created challenges for our trails and the plantings we have done to enhance them. So this spring we will be taking it slow, giving plants who look like they’ve abandoned all hope a chance to sleep in, recover, test their environment before giving it another heave-ho. We’ll see who’s adapted, and who has not before we start pulling and clipping and shoveling in earnest. We will wait for the wilderness to tell us when the time is right and then celebrate the new life that emerges. And… come June, we will celebrate the wilderness and its gifts in another way too.
In partnership with the Siuslaw National Forest, Yachats will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a kick-off on National Trails Day, June 7th. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines Wilderness as “areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people; where primary forces of nature are in control; where people themselves are visitors who do not remain." This Act at the time of its passage in 1964, acquired 9.1 million acres for preservation. There are now over 100 million acres in preservation throughout the United States. Siuslaw National Forest is fortunate to have three wilderness areas: Drift Creek, Cummins Creek, and Rock Creek Wilderness Areas. Festivities and hikes will take place from the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center and the Yachats Commons. There will be Siuslaw National Forest lectures occurring throughout the summer in celebration of this milestone plus the fact that our Angell Job Corps (which has put tremendous time and talent into helping to build and maintain our trails) is celebrating its 50th anniversary as well. Hold the date on your calendar now and watch for more information to come in the April newsletter.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
Our Weed(s) of the Month are Pampas Grasses; Cortaderia Selloana and Cortaderia Jubata. While these South and Central American natives have long been used as ornamentals in the U.S., many have escaped cultivation. They will aggressively compete with seedling trees, slowing their establishment and growth and are known to threaten native plants and the ecosystem of the birds and animals that rely on them. In addition, they can create a fire hazard with their excessive buildup of dry leaves, leaf bases and flowering stalks – certainly a concern during times of drought. Physical control is easiest when the plants are seedlings but for more information on how and why to attack specimens of all sizes, just Google the names of these grasses or contact one of our YIPs! experts listed below.
This spring we’re delighted to see the impact of our past restoration work at Whale Park and the Prospect Garden. Daffodils have already begun to bloom and even Rhodies are showing their faces around town. Soon we will be sowing wildflower seeds at both these locations. But… it’s the busy season for weeds as well so we’ll be looking for lots of volunteers to show up for the YIPs! brigade when we tackle these two spots. Hope to see you there!
If you have questions about weeds, call our experts Don (541-961-6695) or Wally (541-547-5474).
Upcoming Trails, YIPS! and Related Events
The Yachats Trails Crew meets on the first Saturday of each month and the YIPS! Crew on the third Saturday, both from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There are always a wide variety of tasks for all levels of interest so come out and enjoy some spring frivolity and wildflower wonderfulness with these merry bands.
Upcoming events to add to your calendar include: March 1st and April 5th.: Trails work event (Location to be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
March 15th and April 19th (Saturdays) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.YIPS! work event (Location to be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
June 7th – National Trails Day Events (details to come)
For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
Click here for brochure on invasive species