Almanac

News - March 3, 2010

Slender false brome eradication campaign is on again

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is once again calling for residents in Woodside to participate in a search-and-destroy mission against slender false brome, a weedy and prolific bunch grass not native to North America.

This "Class A noxious weed" has infested more than 10,000 acres in Oregon, district spokeswoman Leigh Ann Maze said. Left to its own devices, false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) replaces native plants, crowds out tree seedlings, and can cover ground by more than 90 percent, she said.

The district is aware of large stands of false brome on private property in and around Woodside, she said. The eradication campaign is in its second year.

To encourage action, the district is offering to reimburse Woodside area residents for their costs up to $350 per acre in exchange for district-supervised removal of the weed.

Contact Ellen Gartside at 691-1200 for more information or to participate in the program.

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