Enjoy a morning of broom bustin' fun and Pizza Party on Horse Hill in Mill Valley. Join One Tam, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, National Park Service, California State Parks and the Parks Conservancy on * November 11th * to remove French Broom and other invasive plants from Horse Hill Preserve. It’s fun for the entire family and, the pièce de résistance, a yummy pizza party for all volunteers!
I caught up with Greg Reza, Volunteer Program Coordinator and Park Ranger for Marin County Parks & Open Space to learn more.
What is French Broom and why do we need to remove it?
French Broom is an invasive species which if left alone will take over the grassland and that is a problem for many reasons. It impedes on the habitat of our native grasses and wildflowers and its foliage and seeds are toxic to horses and wildlife. It’s also very time consuming and costly to eradicate. Because french broom grows so thick and fast and is highly flammable, it makes it a very dangerous fire hazard, especially with our hot and dry summers. This is why we need volunteers to help.
Nobody pulls weeds better then kids, especially little kids. Can they join too?
Kids of all ages are welcome and expect a visit from some surprise guests, the resident horses on the hill! Plus everyone gets to enjoy our pizza party! It will be a lot of fun to celebrate with new and old friends after a hard day’s work.
What should I wear and do I need to bring any tools with me?
Tools and gloves will be supplied. Please wear long sleeve pants and shirts, closed toed shoes and a refillable water bottle. We will bring plenty of extra water to keep you hydrated.
What other local organizations will be there?
This event is supported by One Tam, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, National Park Service, California State Parks and the Parks Conservancy and a collaboration with all stakeholders to make our trails safe for all to enjoy the beauty, adventure and wilderness of Marin’s public lands. Whether you’re on foot, hooves or wheels, slow and say “hello” when you pass fellow travelers. We all deserve safe trails.
- Pizza Party on Horse Hill with One Tam
- Saturday, November 11, 2017
- 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
- Horse Hill Open Space Preserve, Mill Valley
- Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza
From Hwy 101 in Mill Valley
take the Tiburon Blvd/E Blithedale Ave exit west on E Blithedale Ave
turn right at Tower Dr 0.2 mile
stay right at Meadow Dr 0.1 mile
Continue onto Shell Rd 0.1 mile and turn left at Lomita Dr 0.2 mile. Preserve entrance is on your right.