Let's Pull Together in Benton County May 21st, Register Today!

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Teresa Matteson

May 19, 2022, 11:29:25 AMMay 19
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From: Benton SWCD <mic...@bentonswcd.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 1:07 PM
To: Michael Ahr <mic...@bentonswcd.org>
Subject: Let's Pull Together in Benton County May 21st, Register Today!


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Benton SWCD and several of our regional partners have heard more inquiries than usual about poison hemlock over the last two years. Michael Ahr, Benton CWMA coordinator, has fielded calls from several farmers and has reported seeing large patches of it on local roadsides and also growing right next to many walking paths including the edge of the OSU campus. In a county where we work hard to control several species of invasive weeds, poison hemlock is of particular concern. Poison hemlock can be fatal if ingested by livestock or humans. Touching poison hemlock can cause a significant rash. We encourage residents to control poison hemlock with herbicide or by hand pulling as long as the person is wearing gloves, long sleeves, and pants to reduce risk of getting a rash.
More information on poison hemlock can be found at this resource from the Western Invasives Network
Identification can be challenging. Poison hemlock looks similar to cow parsnip or giant hogweed. Check out this resource on how to tell them apart.



Let's Pull Together!

Register by Friday, May 20th!

Participants will NOT be pulling Poison hemlock during Let's Pull Together so please register by Friday, May 20th to join us for a collaborative day of watershed stewardship with Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Marys River Watershed Council, Albany Parks & Recreation, and the City of Philomath to keep invasive plant species wishing they had never come to Oregon!

Already registered? You'll receive an email from us on May 19th with all the event details. If you register on May 20th, you'll receive event details by close of business on Friday.

Let's Pull Together!
When: Saturday, May 21st
What: Pulling invasive species from Benton County's natural areas
How: Register here; select your location; provide your contact information; and keep an eye out for an email with specific project details on/about May 19th

Register today for one of these three locations to give Oregon's native plants a chance:

Witham Hill Natural Area; 9am - Noon
Near intersection of NW Circle Blvd and NW Witham Hill Drive
Join us at Witham Hill Natural area on NW Circle Blvd in Corvallis where we’ll work on removing invasive English hawthorn.  This will involve using a weed wrench as well as cutting hawthorn with loppers and hand saws. We hope to see you there.
Hosted by Corvallis Parks and Recreation and Marys River Watershed Council 
Takena Landing Park; 10am - Noon
656 Albany Corvallis Highway, Albany 97321
Cutting and pulling ivy will be the name of the game at Takena Landing Park.  This floodplain forest is valuable habitat right along the Willamette River.  Come help protect the giant cottonwood trees!
Hosted by Albany Parks and Recreation
Marys River Park; 10am - Noon
300 S. 11th Street, Philomath, OR 97370
Marys River Park offers great streamside habitat right in Philomath.  Grab a pair of loppers (provided) and help us cut blackberry along the forest edge and cut ivy off the trees in the floodplain
Hosted by Benton Soil and Water Conservation District and City of Philomath

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!



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