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LandPaths- Broomapullooza

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

“The season of broom stewardship is here and you’re invited to beautiful Riddell Preserve for the 2024 Broomapullooza kick-off event! Come on out for a day of forest stewardship centered on getting rid of French broom (see why below), delicious snacks, and community! And, in an exciting addition, we’re mixing art with stewardship with the chance to participate in a collaborative broom sculpture with Kelsi Anderson. 

Kelsi is an ecological artist who creates large-scale earth murals + site specific art installations. With a kindred relationship with nature and place, Kelsi explores how art can make us feel more connected to ourselves, nature, and a sense of place through facilitating collaborative, community based public artworks. You can see images of her work on her website www.wildearthart.com and www.instagram.com/wildearthart

Thank you to our friends at Sonoma County Ag + Open Space for helping to make this stewardship event possible!

What is French Broom? 

An invasive plant, French broom was brought to California in the last century for use in decorative gardens. Sadly, it soon took over, growing at fast rates and spreading seeds with abandon, thousands at a time. As a result, it’s taken over spots in the forest, where it crowds out native plants and acts as fuel ladders, allowing wildfire to reach into the canopy of the trees.

Broom is also toxic to many wildlife species and doesn’t make good forage. What these forest creatures do feed on is oak acorns, Douglas fir tips, understory grasses, and young oaks; removing broom helps these essential species to thrive! At Broomapulloza you’ll have a chance to make a difference with a few hours of getting that broom out of the ground and into a burn pile! The more hands we have, the more we can say “BUH-BYE BROOM!”

What Can I Expect At this Whole Broomapulloza Thing?  

When you arrive at Riddell Preserve with the LandPaths’ car caravan or your carpool, you’ll park in a grassy graveled area. The hike to the cabin is .75 miles on a narrow, well-maintained dirt trail with a 600-foot elevation gain from parking area to cabin. Which is to say, mostly uphill with light curves.

The predetermined Broomapullooza stewardship sites are located near the cabin and they’ll be broken down by difficulty, so you can choose the level that works for you. For example, sites with younger broom on flat surfaces are considered “easy,” and so on. You’ll be able to choose between pulling broom seedlings by hand (we’ll provide the gloves), pulling heftier broom shrubs with a weed wench, and/or cutting them with saws and loppers. The broom will go into piles for either the broom sculpture mentioned above or smaller piles to be burned at a later date.

We’ll go into more detail on the day of. We’ll also break for snacks provided by LandPaths!  “

Details: LandPaths (neoncrm.com)

Details

Date:
March 22
Time:
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Venue

Riddell Preserve

Details

Date:
March 22
Time:
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Venue

Riddell Preserve

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