Mt. Tamalpais Habitat Restoration
The rainy season is upon us, which means that the Marin Water Volunteer Program can lead broom pull events! This season, join us near Phoenix Lake to help combat patches of French and Scotch broom (Genista monspessulana and Cytisus scoparius). Beyond learning about the rich local ecology and the effects of invasive species, broom pulls offer community members a fun way to get involved with restoration projects on the mountain. Winter offers a chance to experience Mt. Tamalpais’ plant and animal life, as well as its waterfalls and reservoirs, with a fresh set of eyes.
Location: Mount Tamalpais Watershed, Phoenix Lake
Dates and time: Saturday, February 18, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
RSVP is suggested, not required. Find details at marinwater.org/volunteer.
We would like to start the broom pull by 9 am. To this end, we will begin opening the Phoenix Lake gate at Natalie Coffin Greene Park for everyone to drive through at 8:40 am. Volunteers will park up next to the dam. We will close and lock the gate behind everyone and not open it again until noon.
1. Appropriate attire for field work. For safety purposes, wear close-toed shoes (preferably with ankle support), long sleeves and pants, and layers for cold mornings on the mountain.
2. Reusable water bottles. We’ll have snacks and water available, but as always are trying to cut down on single-use plastic wherever possible, so do ask that you bring your own water bottle.
3. A positive attitude! Broom pulls are great fun, especially when we all get in the groove of it together.
We will provide snacks, water, all necessary equipment for broom removal, and a safety orientation at the beginning of the day to keep the fun as safe as possible.
Our pulls are appropriate for individuals 8 years and older; volunteers 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon!