Annual canoe and kayak survey on Chehalis River Surge Plain needs volunteers

Preachers Slough
Site of the annual invasive plant survey coming up on Aug. 21 at the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve in Grays Harbor County. Photo: DNR

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Are you a paddler with a sense of adventure and access to a canoe or kayak —your own or someone else’s? If so, we want YOU for one day that will feel great all year!  

We need paddling volunteers for the annual invasive plant survey on the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve in Grays Harbor County. The survey is scheduled for Saturday, August 21.

The site is a protected ecosystem managed by DNR’s Natural Areas Program. We will work on location with volunteers, using their own canoes or kayaks, to survey this tidal river, map locations of and control small infestations of the invasive species purple loosestrife. We also will cut ivy off trees in the Sitka spruce forest that we paddle through. 

The trip is of moderate difficulty but suitable for any level of paddling experience. Volunteers can expect to be on the water for 4-5 hours.

Please consider this list of things to bring:

Rubber boots (or old tennis shoes to get wet in), sunscreen, hat, bug spray, ‘grippy’ gloves, hand clippers, bow rope for your boat, food and water, dry bag or plastic bag for your stuff, rain gear (just in case), extra clothing — you’ll get muddy, extra water to wash up with. Binoculars are nice for spotting distant plants and birds (don’t bring a fancy pair). Birdie Davenport, the natural areas manager, generally provides extra tools, sharpies, maps, trash bags for collecting loosestrife seed heads.

See you there: August 21, at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE TO MEET: Birdie and volunteers will meet at Preachers Slough Road parking area off Hwy 107. It is 4 miles SW of Montesano (follow signs toward Raymond from Hwy 8; Preachers Slough Road is 2 miles from the bridge over the Chehalis.)

If you plan to come, please contact Birdie Davenport 360-596-5144 

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