More gone, more to go
Stewards and friends pulled Scotch broom from Old Loop Road between Deer Fern and Bird Meadow trails on Monday the 6th of February. Both sides of the trail were stripped, and piles were moved to the gravel pit on Sunday the 12th. One year later, young seedlings are plowed under.
South Riparian Enhancement
Spring of 2014, CK students, stewards and friends began pulling a 5 acre patch of Scotch Broom in the south end of the park. About two acres were cleared in time to plant 200 Sitka Spruce trees in the reclaimed meadow. This area is adjacent to a stream that feeds Wildcat Creek
5 A Day Takes It All Away
Every Monday, weather permitting, Weed Warriors can be found pulling Scotch Broom in the park. Stewards, and friends have begun to make a dent in this seemingly impossible task, and more park users are beginning to get into the act. Pulling, is an effective method of removing this noxious plant, and we encourage each of you to pull a few each time you are in the park. Most of the plants can be pulled easily this time of year. The large ones and the ones growing in compacted soil nearest the trails are the hardest to remove, and stewards have a special "Weed Wrench" to get the "tough guys". Just leave those, and take the easy ones. Unlike some plants, they won't re-root so pull and just drop them. Don't hurt your back.
We Removed the Broom,Now What?
Noxious weeds take advantage of available habitat. Once they are removed, other invasive species will soon replace the ones you removed, unless you plant wanted species and give them a head start. Once we remove the Scotch Broom, the habitat they love will still exist. We have planted over 1000 (as of 2013) shade tolerant Western redcedar trees under Scotch Broom, and are using the Scotch Broom to shade them until they get established. Once they begin to shade the ground, the Scotch Broom will begin to fade away. In other areas where we have removed the broom we have planted native plants that will provide food and cover for wildlife. We are considering Cascarra trees, Lupine, Baldhip Rose and Western Flowering Dogwood. to name a few, in and near the habitat once occupied by the Scotch Broom. These native plants provide food and cover for a wide variety of migrating and nesting birds.
What is a noxious weed?
"A weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered" R.W. Emerson. "A weed is any plant out of place" Dana Coggan. To find out about scheduled classes Google Kitsap County Noxious Weeds or click
Weeds In The Park
There are several noxious as well as several obnoxious plants in our park. Landowners are required by state and county law to keep them under control
Scotch Broom was imported into California from Europe, as an ornamental shrub, then brought north where it spread rapidly. These plants displace native plants that provide habitat for native species, both plant and animal.
The English Ivy growing at the north entrance is from an old trash pile. Yard trimmings or an unwanted plant were thrown out into the woods. This is one source of introduced plant species that we can control, just by being aware of our compost pile.
The English Holly, found scattered throughout the park, was brought into Washington and farmed commercially for use in making traditional Christmas wreaths. One of these farms can be found on Tracyton Beach Road, and a second along the old highway from Chico to Silverdale. Holly can be found scattered throughout the park.
If you have found noxious plants in the park, that aren't on the list in the Weed Management Plan, please let us know. If you are a geo-cacher or have a hand held GPS, give us a lat and long.