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Volunteer Event in the Columbia River Gorge

April 20, 2019

Coordinator: Mika Barrett

The group met together at the Beacon Rock State Park location at 10 a.m. and ready to take on the world of invasive blackberry. Trip leader, Mika Barrett, spoke with the group about natural resources restoration work in the Columbia Gorge and the ecological threats of invasive plants.

We started the morning by hiking less than 1/2 mile along the Lake to Rock trail and identified several native plants, including Bleeding Heart & Chocolate Lilly. SAC Members chopped Himalayan Blackberry for two hours before lunch. Lunch was casual, sitting by Riddell Lake and our burial ground of blackberry. Volunteers worked for another hour after lunch and made a huge dent in the invasive patch. The lake became visible from the trail as SAC members knocked down several hundred feet of blackberry.

Everyone gathered back to the cars after the event and (hopefully) felt warm in the heart after doing meaningful volunteer work.

Pre-Event Forum
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Ben says:
I feel a WEED!

Mika (leader) says:
Haha. I just spoke to Oregon State Parks about our project and there may be a need to drill anchors above a steep slope so the Parks dept can later get to a precarious section to do weed treatments. Anyone have experience with establishing sport routes? More details on the specific project to come. I will also send participants driving directions/ what to bring, etc

Noel says:
Looking forward to this event. Could you give us more details on time and location? How long is the event? What time do you think we will be done?

Mika (leader) says:
Hi all! So sorry for being quiet on the details for next weekend, the unseasonably late snow in the Gorge this year is throwing a wrench in our restoration plans since the plants are popping up much later than in prior years! I am hoping to get the plans finalized by Friday 4/12 once I get approval by either Washington State Parks or Oregon State Parks. Potential to have the work party at either Beacon Rock State Park removing Himalayan blackberry (super gratifying to chop down, while working near a beautiful lake with a great view of the rock) or hand-pulling Herb Robert along the Gorge Trail #400 (a little more meditative, and slow paced). The volunteer events are generally from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to provide sufficient time for driving in the morning (although I know this group is accustomed to alpine starts). Anyway, please stay tuned and I am stoked to have this group contribute to Gorge restoration efforts!

Mika (leader) says:
Hi All! I just updated the volunteer event info. I am super stoked to work with you all at the Beacon Rock State Park! This restoration site is near a beautiful lake with an awesome view of the popular Beacon Rock climbs. Check out the event details for full info! See you there at 10 am!

Ben says:
Kyle and I are leaving from NE Portland to head to the rock. Have 2 more seats for anyone interested in carpooling.

Mika (leader) says:
Hi Blackberry chopping machines! Thank you all for spending your Saturday morning volunteering in the Gorge! It was a beautiful day and fun seeing this group get together to do conservation work. Here is a link to the photo album. I know Byron took some awesome pics too that we can bug him for. :) See you all at climb school!

Marina answers:
Thank you, Mika, for this lovely opportunity and for the fun times - as always!! :)

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