CFC Volunteer Trips - 04) Invasive Plant Removal at Cedar Flats and Ape Caves


Project: Invasive Plant Removal at Cedar Flats & Ape Caves


Date: June 1, 2023 (Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)


Location: Cedar Flats & Ape Caves (2 hours from PDX/Vancouver)


Trip leader: Suzanne Whitney


Trip description: Cedar Flats and Ape Caves are unique gems of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. These popular destinations receive a high number of visitors each year, which can lead to the spread of invasive plant species by car and by foot. 


For several years, CFC and volunteers have limited the spread of herb Robert into old-growth patches by hand-pulling any plants found in adjacent areas. We will start our day, continuing our work to keep herb Robert out of Cedar Flats The Forest Service has also highlighted Canada thistle as a concern, so we will walk the Cedar Flats Trail to survey and remove any Canada thistle along the trail. After that, we will travel to the Ape Caves to remove herb Robert along the trails near the caves. Keeping these invasive species out of these unique areas will keep the native plants healthy and thriving! 


Task: Hand-pulling invasive species along a trail and mapping removal locations on an iPad.


Trip difficulty:  3 out of 5 || This trip will entail walking about a mile on a flat, maintained trail.  Occasionally, going off-trail and walking over downed logs and through brush may be necessary to access weeds. This activity also requires a lot of continual bending and squatting. 


What you need:  Sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, rain gear, sun protection, day pack with food/water and other essentials.


Gear provided: Gloves, trash bags


Lodging: N/A

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Saturday, June 01, 2024 and Saturday, June 01, 2024