Scotch Broom Symposium

June 2, 2020 - 11:00 AM
Western Invasives Network, Washington Invasive Species Council (and many others)

Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.
Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.

Scotch Broom disrupts ecosystems and crowds out native plants throughout the Pacific Northwest, and especially on the Oregon coast.  Therefore, the 2020 Scotch Broom Symposium may be of interest to Oregonians seeking to suppress invasive species affecting the coast.  This year’s edition of the symposium will take place entirely online, in observance of stay-at-home practices.  The agenda has been modified to better fit a virtual platform. The symposium will be held as a series of sessions over three days, June 2-4.  Each day’s session takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Register separately for each session.

Scotch broom is one of the Northwest’s most pervasive and costly invasive species, with an annual potential impact of $143 million. The purpose of this symposium is to share information between natural resource managers and researchers and to share new and best practices to a wide audience. The sponsors include the Western Invasives Network, the Washington Invasive Species Council, and a host of other agencies that must deal with the plant.

The first day’s agenda is:

June 2, 2020 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Session topics include the following:

  • State of the Scotch Broom
  • Plant Community and Pollinator Impacts
  • Impacts to Douglas-Fir Seedlings
  • Scotch Broom Gall Mite
  • Implications for Fire and Fuels
  • Panel Discussion with Experts

Register for the Impacts and Research Session.

See separate listings for the other days.

For more information about the event, contact the Washington Invasive Species Council, InvasiveSpecies@rco.wa.gov.