Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bad broom

Yesterday I hiked Yolanda, one of my favorite Mount Tam trails. Broom, a non-native and invasive plant, has crept up the hillsides and nearly completely overtaken the grassy understory in the first 1/4 mile of the trail.

Here is a photo from 2008:

This is what the trail looks like now, in 2012:

Broom is a huge problem on this part of the mountain and MMWD is constantly organizing "broom pull" volunteer projects. If you love Mount Tam, consider volunteering! Maybe you have a group of friends or work colleagues who are willing to spend a few hours giving back? I don't see habitat projects for Yolanda scheduled this month, but there are several other broom pull projects planned. Or get a group together and offer your services to the greater good of lovely Yolanda Trail!


dr. carmen said...

Hi Jane! Love your website and have found so many great trails from it!an update about this hike: We hiked the Phoenix Lake trailhead hike yesterday and there is definitely no parking outside the gate! It is strictly no parking anywhere on that road during the days, if I remember correctly. Luckily, we were able to take a spot in the lot as someone was leaving and had a great time on the hike. Thanks again! Carmen L.

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The bad broom is a perfect picnic place for creating the events more beautiful and good for many of us. The photo review of 2008 has best photo in review with the people that are associated in the hiking detail in the multiple communities.

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