You’re Invited to Help Remove Spartina and Invasive Plants from the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary This Saturday

This is a press release from the City of Arcata:

ity of ArcataArcata, CA – The City of Arcata’s Environmental Services Department and the Redwood Community Action Agency are seeking volunteers to help remove Spartina and invasive plants from the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the South G Street parking lot, located at 569 South G Street near the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center.

This Volunteer Work Day is open to all ages. Participants are encouraged to wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and boots and to bring water. Gloves, tools, lunch and beverages will be provided.

For more information, please call 707-822-8184 or email



  • What does spartina look like?

  • Spartina Densiflora was identified as a native plant up until 2003 when for some reason someone “speculated” that it came on a sailing ship from Chili in the mid to late 1800’s. Hence we have spent millions attempting to rid the bay of a plant that helps protect the shoreline from wave fetch and erosion.
    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • For what it’s worth, Wikipedia disagrees. “Spartina densiflora is a species of grass known by the common name denseflower cordgrass.[1] It is native to the coastline of southern South America, where it is a resident of salt marshes. It is also known on the west coast of the North America and parts of the Mediterranean coast as an introduced species and in some areas a noxious weed. In California it is a troublesome invasive species of marshes in San Francisco Bay and in Humboldt Bay, where it was introduced during the 19th century from Chile in ballast.[2].

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