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‘Broom Buster’ volunteers go on the offensive

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Volunteers turned out Saturday morning to help in an effort to prevent the spread of Scotch broom. The “Broom Buster” event took place at South Beach State Park. Ashby Lee Collinson, left, is a Portland resident currently serving as an artist-in-residence in Lincoln City. She was joined by Sandy Hayden of Newport. (Photos by Steve Card)

The invasive plant Scotch broom came under attack Saturday morning as a small group of volunteers turned out for the second annual “Broom Buster” event held at South Beach State Park, in the South Jetty Day Use Area.

The event was organized by Katie Duzik, natural resources specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s coastal region.

Duzik said now is the best time of the year to try and stop the spread of the yellow flowering plants. The roots of the Scotch broom plant are weakest when it is flowering – it is sending all of its energy up into those blooms, she said. “Right now, and for the next month, is prime Scotch broom cutting time,” she said. Once the plants produce mature seed pods, cutting them down will only serve to scatter the seeds and worsen the problem.

For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.

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