November 8, 2022
Over a decade ago, North Olympic Land Trust began a journey to conserve intact habitat for native fish and wildlife on the Pysht River. As part of this process, North Olympic Land Trust purchased and restored what is now called the Pysht River Conservation Area with help from the Makah Tribe, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. The Conservation Area, located 8.7 miles upriver from the mouth of the Pysht River, protects 74 acres of land, including 2/3 mile of the Pysht River, 1,500 feet of Green Creek and four wetlands. The Pysht River is used by coho salmon, cutthroat trout, and steelhead, and is vital for supporting the recovery of local chinook and chum salmon runs. We invite you to help us care for the Conservation Area at a work party on November 8th!
We will be working on some invasive species removal including cutting and grubbing out Himalayan blackberry and removal of common burdock, which is posing a threat to our bat populations. Bats, birds and other small mammals often get stuck in the very sticky seed heads when they land on the plant to feed. These plants also have the ability to produce thousands of seeds from one individual plant, posing a threat to our native riparian vegetation.
Let’s get some shovels in the ground and help out our local bat populations by removing these invasive plants from our riparian zone!
Where: Pysht River Conservation Area
When: November 8th from 10 AM – 2 PM
What: Noxious weed work including blackberry cutting and grubbing
What to bring: Gloves, rain gear, food and water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.