Work crew will clean up preserve

The Nature Conservancy of Oregon will hold a volunteer work party Saturday, July 27, at its Nesika Beach Preserve near Gold Beach to rid the area of non-native, invasive species.

The preserve was set aside to protect native species such as Sitka spruce and grand fir, as well as the coastal headlands they inhabit.

Volunteers will focus on the removal of English ivy, which threatens the spruce and firs not only on the preserve but on adjacent Oregon State Parks lands, says Steve Denney, who is leading the work party.

"One of the neighbors has been pulling the ivy for years," says Denney, the former Southwest Region supervisor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"We're hoping to get a small group together and pull some more," Denney says. "It's something you have to do over a couple years to make sure you get it all."

Volunteers are asked to bring hiking or rubber boots, a daypack, lunch and snacks, as well as plenty of water for the day. TNC leaders suggest volunteers dress in layers and make sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and rain gear to deal with unpredictable south coast weather.

Participants can bring their own gloves and pruning shears or borrow some from the TNC.

Volunteers will meet near Gold Beach at 10 a.m. To register or for more information, call 503-802-8100 or email

Rogue FlyFishers picnic is Wednesday at Emigrant

The Medford-based Rogue FlyFishers Association will hold its annual Hank Rogers Memorial Picnic on Wednesday, July 17, at Emigrant Lake County Park.

The pot-luck event is held in memory of Rogers, a long-time club member and past president from Ashland who died in 2009.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner. Barbecue chicken, ice tea, lemonade and coffee will be provided. Members whose last name starts with the letters A-H are asked to bring a salad or vegetable dish, names I-M should bring bread or potatoes, and members N-Z should bring fruit or dessert.

Members should bring their own eating utensils, plates and beverages.

Signs will direct members to the Group A area, where the potluck will be centered. Members can bring their fishing rods for casting practice and lessons.

For information about the club and the potluck, see

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or

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