Gorse (Ulex europeaus) is an Oregon State Class B Noxious weed found in abundance along the west coast. Gorse was intentionally introduced into the southern Oregon coast in the late 1800s and is now rated as one of the top 100 worst invasive species worldwide (World Conservation Union), and the #1 most invasive species on the south coast of Oregon (Oregon State Parks). The presence of gorse has negatively impacted the regional economy and, due to its flammable nature, has created a serious public safety concern. In 1936, gorse played a key role in the complete burning of the town of Bandon, OR (Oregon Historical Society, view article here).
The spread of gorse (Ulex europaeus) in Oregon affects us all, from fire safety to loss of native vegetation that plays a crucial role for local resources. Find out more about the ecology and spread of gorse through browsing the materials below. Want to know even more about how gorse impacts southern Oregon? Send us a message through our Contact Us page or visit our Control and Management page for information on gorse removal!