Sponsored by the Central Coast Land Conservancy and the MidCoast Watersheds Council
Help clear scotch broom, holly, ivy, and blackberries from this property along the Yaquina River and the tidal creek along Arnold Slough to enhance its natural and scenic values. Trash will also be collected. Volunteers will make the work easier and help to preserve and expand the area’s value for fish and wildlife and native species. Snacks will be provided. The clean-up commences at 10am Saturday, July 27th, and runs through 2pm. The terrain includes blackberries so gloves and long sleeve shirts are advised.
Directions: This property is at mile marker 1 on South Bay Road, Toledo a little past Toledo airport and public boat launch ramp (restrooms). Take Hwy 20 to Toledo. Head to the Georgia Pacific Mill and head S. on SW Butler Bridge Rd. Keep right (do not go towards Elk City) to get on So. Bay Rd. This will take you past Toledo airport and the public boat ramp. The next tidal creek on your left is Arnold Slough. Turn into the first road after the bridge and park in the graveled parking area. Approximate address is 1140 South Bay Rd.
Description of the Property: This site is approximately 5 acres containing about 2 acres of uplands and about 3 acres of salt marsh with tidal channels and tideflats. The property was donated to the Central Coast Land Conservancy by Alan and Oleta Jones in 2000 so that the site’s natural values could be protected. The acquisition was facilitated by the MidCoast Watersheds Council with a grant from the state’s Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
Equipment and preparation needed: The blackberries and holy can be nasty! Please dress with long sleeves and long pants and bring gloves. Bring clippers, pruners, pry bars (to pry ivy away from tree trunks for cutting). The ground is rough and un-even in parts and with difficult access. The tide will be low at 11 am and rising afterward. For more info: Fran Recht, 541-765-2234.