Friday: Woodside workshop on invasive grass


A free public workshop on identifying and removing slender false brome, an invasive grass, is set for Friday, July 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Independence Hall in Woodside at the corner of Whiskey Hill and Woodside roads.

This perennial and vigorous grass is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and, if given the chance, will form "dense stands that inhibit the growth of native trees and plants, damaging the redwood forest ecosystem and negatively impacting the complex web of plants and wildlife that live there," according to a statement from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

False brome's only known locations in the United States are in Oregon, where it is reportedly widespread, and Woodside, where it is concentrated between La Honda and Old La Honda roads and the Thornwood Open Space, district false-brome coordinator Ellen Gartside has told the Almanac.

Also invited to this workshop are local pest control professionals, who will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to property owners interested in removing this grass, and earn continuing education credit from the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. The open-space district's eradication program includes reimbursement to property owners of $350 per acre of false brome removed, the statement said.

"Participation in this workshop is a great opportunity for the local community to come together for the environmental health of their area," the statement said.

For more information and to find out if false brome exists on your property, call Ms. Gartside at 691-1200, ext 577.

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