A group of dedicated souls who seek to eradicate Central Coast Forests from invasive species like English Ivy and Holly were at it again Saturday. With their gloves, clips, haul tarps and saws, they reclaimed another bit of ground behind the Newport Swimming Pool from the ravages of ivy and holly that out compete native trees and plants.
They claim they’re winning the battle in their own little corner of the forest. MidCoast Watersheds Council member Lisa Mulcahy pointed out that ivy they’ve pulled over the past few years has not grown back substantially, especially the ivy that was well on its way up trees. Ivy eventually digs its roots into a tree’s bark, intercepting its nutrients, and the tree eventually starves to death. On the forest floor, ivy coats the ground and out competes native plants like forest ferns and various berry plant species.
Mulcahy says English Ivy and holly were brought over from England many years ago by those who wanted to see a bit of their homeland in their “new land.” And soon it was running wild over and through American forests. It was only within the past twenty or so years, she says, that local home and garden nurseries were asked to stopped selling it.
Anyone who would be interested in joining our local ‘Ivy League Crusaders’ can contact Lisa Mulcahy at 541-264-0572 or at YaquinaWatershedCouncil@gmail.com