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  • 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.
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  • 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 orvolunteers@tnc.org.
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