Scotch Broom Removal at Hoyt's Crossing

SYRCL partnered with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and adopted Hoyt's Crossing on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in 2013 as a site for annual Scotch broom removal efforts and eventual eradication. Scotch Broom is the dominant invasive weed in the Yuba watershed. Removing Scotch broom helps to reduce fire danger and allow native plants and wildlife to thrive.

Time frame: 
Sunday, April 28, 2013 to Sunday, April 24, 2016
In Progress
Tools (weed wrenches, loppers, shears, pruners, gloves), funding for mileage reimbursement, staff time and food for event day.
Project participants: 
Bureau of Land ManagementLandowner
Fire Safe Council of Nevada CountyProject Partner
POINT (-121.081703 39.303275)
Habitat type: 
Riparian zone
Land ownership: 
Bureau of Land Management

Protect the Yuba River corridor from infestation by invasive species. The objective at Hoyt's crossing is to remove Scotch broom to lead to an eventual eradication. 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 Scotch Broom infestation is compromising both aesthetic and habitat values.

Species targeted for protection: 
Common NameScientific Name
Species targeted for eradication: 
Common NameScientific Name
Scotch broomCytisus scoparius
Species introduced during restoration: 
Scientific NameCommon Name
Project methods: 

There are several methods for removing Scotch Broom. The favored method is to pull it up by its trunk, effectively de-rooting the plant. Pulling is easiest in the winter and early spring while the soil is wet. Pulling is also made easy by the use of a weed wrench. Another method for the removal of Scotch Broom is cutting during the dry summer months. Scotch Broom must be cut below the lowest node on its trunk and the soil must be dry, as any moisture can aid regrowth through the stump.

In 2013, Volunteers pulled the Scotch Broom with weed wrenches, and then mulched the plant with loppers right where the plant was pulled. This method is meant to stabilize the soil where the plant was removed, and also inhibit new Scotch Broom plants from sprouting the next season.

Post-project monitoring: 
Photo points are taken at 5 different points at the site to monitor before and after restoration events. The site is visited each year to monitor progress and the extent of the Scotch broom is mapped.
Contact info: 

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