Plant a windbreak and welcome butterflies to the coastal prairie

Douglas spirea, one of the species the North Coast Land Conservancy will be planting. #

To thrive in the coastal prairie of the Clatsop Plains, native butterflies need particular plants to feed on at all stages of their lives. They also need sturdy plants where they can shelter on windy days. Continuing its restoration efforts in the coastal prairie, North Coast Land Conservancy seeks volunteers to help plant a windbreak around its largest test plot in its Reed Ranch Habitat Reserve in Warrenton on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thanks in part to volunteers’ previous efforts planting early blue violets and seeding with additional species, native plants are beginning to thrive in the test plot. To encourage butterflies to visit the prairie to feed and reproduce, NCLC will be planting spirea, crabapple, twinberry, and other native plants in the topsoil mounded around the edge of the test plot.

If you’d like to help, contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org to let her know you’re coming and to get directions to the site. Wear sturdy boots and gloves. All equipment will be provided. Bring drinking water and lunch or snacks; there are no toilets or potable water on site. Dogs are not allowed on NCLC properties. Visit NCLCtrust.org for more details.

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