It’s another weed-out in an exceptionally scenic spot: To continue recent weed-yanking work around the elephant seal vista point north of San Simeon, crew organizer Carole Adams has scheduled a second beautification/native-plant protection/fire protection effort from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.
Weed eradicators in late July removed about 700 pounds of mostly wild mustard plants from the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area, Adams said. But more must be removed to protect native plants that can be crowded out by invasive species, she said.
The viewing area has become one of the Central Coast’s primary visitor attractions, drawing hundreds of thousands of people every year, with or without the thousands of elephant seals that sleep, give birth and breed nearby.
The “drop-in-when-you-can” plan worked well July 26, so it will be the same for the Aug. 9 weeding party. With no required commitment for the work, participants can arrive and leave whenever they feel like it within the six hours. On June 26, some volunteers opted to stay and work all day.
Weeders can be residents or visitors. Everybody is welcome.
Volunteers can bring lunches, if they wish, for an impromptu picnic at the site with its spectacular view. Some tools will be available, but workers may prefer to bring their own shovels, diggers or clippers, to make sure the tools fit the hands using them.
Adams advises bringing water, sunscreen and gloves: “Wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring gloves. Experience is not required – just a willing heart.”
For details, email Adams at email@example.com. Participants should meet in the kiosk area at the south end of the elephant seal viewing area’s parking lot.