Invasive Weed Removal at Kentucky Ravine

Since 2007, SYRCL has conducted invasive weed removal at Kentucky Ravine. Currently, SYRCL has partnered with the South Yuba River State Park to remove Himalyan blackberry and Vinca vine at a 2.5 acres of migrating song bird habitat along the creek. Himalayan blackberry and vinca vine are two noxious weeds that choke out native vegetation. Dense thickets block access of larger wildlife to water and other resources, as well as cause problems for people trying to enjoy parks and natural areas. Volunteers are trained in safety before work begins. SYRCL previously partnered with private landowners upstream on Kentucky Ravine to conduct invasive weed removal and plant native species to re-establish at the site beginning in 2007.

Time frame: 
Thursday, May 17, 2007 to Sunday, August 28, 2016
In Progress
Tools (weed wrenches, loppers, shears, pruners, gloves), funding for mileage reimbursement, staff time and food for event day.
Project participants: 
California State ParksLandowner
Private LandownerLandowner
POINT (-121.197844 39.290278)
Habitat type: 
Riparian zone
Land ownership: 
South Yuba River State Park

SYRCL is committed to protecting the Yuba River corridor from infestation by invasive species. The objective at Kentucky Ravine is to remove invasive species to lead to an eventual eradication along a one mile stretch on the lower portion of the creek. As a river conservation organization, SYRCL understands the need to protect our riparian habitat and waterways by removing invasive weeds along the river corridor. SYRCL is committed to protecting the river corridor where invasive weed infestation is compromising both aesthetic and habitat values.

Species targeted for protection: 
Common NameScientific Name
Species targeted for eradication: 
Common NameScientific Name
Himalayan blackberryRubus discolor
Vinca vineVinca major
Species introduced during restoration: 
Scientific NameCommon Name
Project methods: 

Volunteers remove Himalayan blackberry and vinca vine by using loppers, shears, and pruners. The removed plants are then piled. Afterwards, an official from CA State Parks comes to burn the piles of removed plants.

Post-project monitoring: 
This site is visited multiple times a year for continued invasive species removal.
Contact info: 

Adele Rife, Restoration Coordinator 313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5961 ext. 218