Collaborative leadership for gorse management


The Gorse Action Group (GAG) is an informal group of participants including federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, private industry, and landowners. The GAG is working to control and reduce the spread of gorse, minimize the impact of gorse on our economy and natural resources, and provide a successful process to share with others facing gorse infestations. To learn more about our efforts, visit our About Us page.

Gorse (Ulex europaeus) is a highly flammable invasive species on the southern Oregon coast.

It impacts the success of native species, the economy, and public safety.

FACTS ABOUT THE IMPACTS

Follow these links to learn more about the Science, Fire Risk, and Mapping of gorse .

What's new with the Gorse Action Group!


 

COORDINATED GORSE REMOVAL BASICS

Windward Gardens, City of Bandon, and US Fish & Wildlife along with the participation of private landowners want you to see how gorse removal on the steep slopes found along the Southern Oregon Coast is best accomplished when neighbors and contractors work together to bring all of the tools needed to minimize soil disturbance and maximize budgets. Here is a quick video giving you the basics of working together to tackle gorse in a meaningful way.

 

BANDON GORSE COMPLIANCE DISTRICT PLAN

The City of Bandon will begin coordination of gorse removal projects starting January 2020.

mulching mower head on tracked skid-steer
Mulching mower head on tracked skid-steer

Outreach Classes: November 20 and January 28.

Location: Virtual. Due to current covid-19 meeting restrictions the Nov. 20 class will be video recorded with the presenters only. The video will be posted on the City of Bandon page of this website. Jan. 28 TBD.

Contact: Bear Slothower, Vegetation Management Coordinator, gorse@cityofbandon.org

 

AIR CURTAIN BURNER DEMO

Monday, October 5 the USFS and Air Burners, Inc. held a demonstration of the Char Boss, an air curtain burner, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. This unit is designed for the high temperature burning of forest slash, agricultural vegetative waste, land clearing debris, green waste, storm debris, invasive species, and other combustible waste streams.  Gorse was the test feedstock for the demonstration and afterwards the resulting bio char product was sent to a laboratory for testing and research on outcomes for useable products.

Below is  a short video of the demonstration with a verbal presentation of the product, process, and goals.

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Sericothrips staphylinus

Well hello...biocontrol!

Released in early 2020 this thrip and some friends moved (were transported) to the area. Seven gorse infested sites along the Oregon coast became their new home four in Coos County. They should have plenty to eat and we hope they enjoy the climate.

Late summer monitoring showed that all sites still had colonies with almost 70% of release sites still inhabited.

Time will tell...check back as we keep our eyes on these thrips

More can be found on Oregon Department of Agriculture's Biocontrol Program page

 

Tracking Invasives

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Help us track invasive plants like gorse and many others across Oregon using mobile and online reporting systems. Simply set up an account and report what you see! Check out our Reporting page for more information on how mapping can help stop the spread of invasives.

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