The Gorse Action Group advances management of gorse through many avenues, from working with policy makers to collecting data in the field. Below are a few of our current projects. Visit the Gorse page for more information on the impacts of gorse on the southern Oregon landscape.
Highway 101 Gorse Removal Demonstration
Gorse demands aggressive and consistent management. In 2018, The Gorse Action Group and our partners are demonstrating innovative ways to manage gorse on your property. The Highway 101 Gorse Removal Demonstration Project south of the City of Bandon shows multiple treatment methods and various processes to tackle gorse. Click on the links below to for more information about the demonstration plots and project details.
- Highway 101 Gorse Removal Demonstration Plot Overview
- Gorse Removal Demonstration Methods
- Gorse Herbicide Use Information
- Recommended Best Management Practices
SPECIAL THANKS TO PROJECT PARTNERS AND SPONSORS: Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Bandon, Currydale Farm Supply, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, and plot sponsors. For information on the Highway 101 Gorse Removal Demonstration or information on tacking gorse, please send us a message via our Contact Us page.
Check out the video we made to document the project!
Bullards Bridge Gorse Removal Project
Stopping the spread of gores is essential to safeguard economic, environmental, and culturally significant lands. If left untreated, gorse can produce up to 500 seeds per square yard each year. A continuous mature stand of gorse can generate a seed bank containing 250 million seeds/acre. Coming in September, the Gorse Action Group and our Partners are joining forces up tackle one of those "mature stands" at the north and south ends of Bullards Bridge, Bandon, Oregon.
This project is one of many gorse removal collaborations along southern coastal Oregon, where public and private landowners come together to share resources to control the spread of gorse and restore our working lands.
The Bullards Bridge Gorse Removal Project is well underway. The Gorse Action Group and our partners are working together to remove gorse on both the south and north ends of the bridge. In September 2018, Oregon Department of Transportation provided flaggers and loading/trucking/litter removal. Jensen's Tree Service removed the gorse from the HWY 101 Right of Way and on private land at the north end of the Bridge. By-the-Sea Gardens provided direction, supervision and coordination for the Shutter Creek Crews. Shutter Creek Crews removed 10-30 gallons bag of trash, litter, and flotsam from Port of Bandon, USFW and ODOT land. At the south end the Crew removed 25-30 gallon bags of trash, litter and flotsam from the north end. Shutter Creek Chainsaw Crews saw cut and hauled approximately 375 cubic yards of mature gorse from the project area! Thank you to all of the partners who was involved with the removal process.
For more information on gorse removal and/or about the Bullards Bridge Gorse Removal Project email us at email@example.com Or call us at 541-435-1731.
Donut Hole Project
The Donut Hole (soon to be renamed) is a 225-acre area within the City of Bandon’s Urban Growth Boundary. The area is of concern to the City of Bandon due to the high fire risk that the infestation of gorse presents. The GAG wants to work with the 185 landowners to remove the gorse infestation and reduce the safety risk it poses. If you are a landowner that would like to know more about this effort or would like to get involved, please contact Hedley Prince, a landowner within the Donut Hole, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 900-2725 (email is preferred). Browse the documents and pictures below for more information on challenges to managing gorse in the Bandon Donut Hole and the historical context of gorse and fire safety concerns.
- Consultation Memo for the Donut Hole
- Bandon, OR Fire 1936
- Bandon Donut Hole Map (aerial overview)
- Bandon Donut Parcels (aerial overview)
For information on gorse removal contractors in Coos County, Oregon, please send us a message via our Contact Us page.
Coquille Point Gorse Removal
The Coquille Point gorse removal project was designed to restore native habitat and protect nearby seabird nesting colonies on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service property. Please read the full project summary below for more information.
Check out the video Willamette Valley Forestry made to document the project!
Coquille Point gorse spraying
Posted by Willamette Valley Forestry on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Check out the video Willamette Valley Forestry made in September 2018 to update the gorse treatment at Coquille Point!
2nd Treatment on Coquille Point
Posted by Willamette Valley Forestry on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Harris Beach Gorse Removal
The weed removal project at Harris Beach near Brookings, OR was initiated to combat the largest contiguous
infestation of gorse in southern Curry County. Please read the full project summary below for more information.
With the help of Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Forestry, we have developed an interactive online map of reported gorse sightings. Want to help in our mapping efforts? Go to our Reporting page to find out how you can report gorse!
In 2014 the Gorse Action Group, among other partners, began collecting on the ground data of gorse coverage to aid in the development of a computer model that uses aerial footage to accurately predict gorse presence. Below are documents describing this project and its outcomes, including initial mapping efforts, flight lines used to collect aerial footage, and the project report detailing model results.
- Oregon Department of Forestry: Mapping the Invasive Plant Gorse, September 2014
- Random Forest Modeling, 2016
- Gorse Mapping Project Flight Lines, September 2015
- Aerial Imagery Classification for Gorse Presence, 2015
- Gorse Action Group Aerial Mapping Project Poster
- Aerial Gorse Mapping Proposal, 2013
- Early Mapping Efforts Lead to GAG, May 2011