California Invasive Species Action Week

volunteers removing the invasive milk thistle at Big Bend

This week is the seventh annual California Invasive Species Action Week, a week to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and promote public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

Prevention is the most effective strategy in managing invasive species. However, hundreds of invasive plants and animals have already established in California and are rapidly spreading each year. These invaders are negatively impacting our waters, our native plants and animals (some of them rare, threatened, or endangered), our agriculture, our health, our economy, and our favorite recreational places.

Barbed Goat Grass

Barbed goat grass

Last year, Save Mount Diablo’s land stewardship team, with the help of our neighbor and grazer John Ginochio, discovered the invasive barbed goat grass (Aegilops triuncialis) on our Mangini Ranch property. This year we visited the same site in the second year of our eradication phase.

Because the patch is small enough, we can reasonably set a goal to eliminate it, and we are making every effort to catch all seeds before letting them hit the ground to respawn. We were able to get 99 percent of the patch at Mangini this year and will keep monitoring it every year.

Unfortunately, we also discovered a couple of bigger patches at our Anderson Ranch property, which are sizable but not impossible to eliminate at this phase. If we send in our Integrated Pest Management team, we can probably remove most patches this season. We will be deploying the team in June.

Help us celebrate California’s Invasive Species Action Week, and more importantly, help stop the spread of invasive species by volunteering to take action. You can participate by

Removing the invasive Barbed Goat Grass

Removing the invasive barbed goat grass at Mangini Ranch

Join Our Volunteer Crew: We Depend on You!

Given limited staff, resources, and time, Save Mount Diablo depends on volunteers to take organizational effectiveness from excellent to exceptional. Save Mount Diablo seeks to connect a passionate community to our mission, cultivating a sense of ownership and proficiency in every volunteer position offered. Whether you want to help with restoration and stewardship, build and maintain trails, help with events, assist in the office, lead hikes, or advocate for us, there’s a place for you. For more information, check out Save Mount Diablo’s volunteer opportunities.

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