Volunteers will take on scotch broom, others at Weed Rodeo

Staff reportJune 23, 2013 

The Mount St. Helens Institute and U.S. Forest Service are calling for volunteers to join the seventh annual Weed Rodeo on Saturday.

Volunteers will help remove scotch broom and other noxious weeds at sites near Coldwater Lake at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

“Noxious weeds like scotch broom displace native plants, delay natural vegetation development and are potentially poisonous to wildlife,” Luke Wakefield, Conservation Corps coordinator for the institute, said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for the public to help preserve the beautiful and natural landscape of Mount St. Helens.”

Registration will open at 10 a.m. at the Coldwater Lake Boat Launch.

Participants are asked to bring gloves, boots, long pants, lunch and plenty of water. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided.

After work concludes at 4 p.m., volunteers can attend “Music on the Mountain” at Johnston Ridge Amphitheater. The band Sassparilla will be playing music for all ages from 6:30-8 p.m. Volunteers are urged to bring a picnic dinner.

Overnight camping at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is available to all volunteers who want to spend the night. Reservations must be made.

For those who stay, volunteers can join monument scientist Peter Frenzen for a guided walk at 9 a.m. June 30.

The boat launch is off state Route 504, 43 miles east of Exit 49 on Interstate 5. Drivers should follow the signs to Johnston Ridge. As the road descends to the valley floor at the monument, watch for the left turn to Coldwater Lake.

For more information on the rodeo, contact Wakefield at lwakefield@mshinstitute.org or 360-891-5199. For overnight camping and hike questions, contact Frenzen at pfrenzen@fs.fed.us or 360-449-7835.

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