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2012 Gorse Workshop results

March 8, 2012

A group of about 50 people — landowners, managers, scientists and researchers — gathered at Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 for the “Gorse in Threatened Coastal Habitats Applied Research” workshop.

Since its introduction into the Western U.S. coast, gorse, Ulex europaeus, continues to expand its range of growth despite control attempts.  Natural coastal systems, such as dunal and headland habitats, are particularly vulnerable to gorse invasion.

Workshop goals

  • Researchers and practitioners will collaborate on current knowledge of gorse control
  • Identify lessons learned and information gaps
  • Identify strategies to increase research and field testing
  • Identify achievable future desired conditions
  • Generate workshop summary and next steps

Our agenda

Links lead to videos, but you might want to look at the resource library for related docs, too

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Presentation: An overview of the ecology of Oregon Dunes with emphasis on invasive species. Sally Hacker, Professor, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Presentation:  The Effects of Gorse on Soil Properties, and Possible Management Implications. Bronwyn Scott, Adjunct Faculty at Kaplan University and University of Phoenix, Seattle, WA

11 – 11:45 a.m. Presentation: Gorse Biocontrol – Past, Present, and Future, Eric Coombs, Biological Control Entomologist, Oregon Dept. Agriculture.

Climate change and possible effects on gorse

11:45 – 12:15 pm. Round Table Discussion

1 – 3 p.m.  Field Visit to two gorse restoration sites: Bandon Dunes McKee Preserve and Bullards Beach.

3 – 4 pm. Wrap up

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  1. August 18, 2012 8:46 am

    Suggest you look at Diamond Mowers ECOBLADE Slashers , cuts , kills and mulches Gorse in one pass , very successful in Australia

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