West Makaleha Weed Control

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TARGET WEED: Strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum)

PROJECT: We will spend the day clearing a stand of strawberry guava within and around the fenced management unit at West Makaleha.  We will use small hand tools (hand saws and pruners) and will apply a caution-labeled herbicide (Garlon4) to the cut stems of weeds with drip applicator bottles.

HIKING TIME: 2 to 2.5 hours (round trip)

DIFFICULTY: High; serious elevation gain. Not for the acrophobic! Includes 15 minutes of uphill hiking along a very narrow ridge with steep dropoffs.

WHAT TO BRING: Long pants, long sleeve shirt and shoes with good traction. Please review the suggested packing list.

All weeding tools and gloves will be provided.

TYPICAL SCHEDULE:

  • Drive to trailhead (~50 minutes)
  • Unload vehicles; safety briefing (~15 minutes)
  • Hike to project site (~1 hour)
  • Weed control (~1.5 hours)
  • Lunch (1/2 hour)
  • More weed control (~1.5 hours)
  • Hike to “3 Points” (~15 minutes uphill, optional)
  • Hike back to vehicles (~1 hour)
  • Wash weeding gear (~15 minutes)
  • Load up trucks (~15 minutes)
  • Return drive to OANRP baseyard (~50 minutes)
  • Clean up gear; pau (~15 minutes)
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