Over Earth Day Weekend Anacortes Community Forest Lands, the Mount Erie Climbing Committee and Solid Rock Climbers for Christ came together to do a Mount Erie clean-up and trail-building project. Sixty volunteers showed up for projects throughout the Forest Lands and the group did a wide variety of projects.
I had the opportunity to do something completely different from the projects I've done in the past at these kinds of events. For once I didn't build a trail or pick up trash. No, this time I had the opportunity to help fight a scotch broom infestation on the mountain.
In 1965 Lady Bird Johnson's Highway Beautification Act was responsible for the intentional planting of scotch broom along the I-5 corridor. The plant quickly became an invasive species and began to spread all over the Pacific Northwest.
Some of the volunteers on Mount Erie have been fighting the weed for a number of years. We visited a site where they had previously pulled all the scotch broom plants they could find. As they grow quickly, there were quite a number of new plants there.
Once the clean-up was finished, my wife and children arrived at the mountain. We spent the rest of the day rock climbing.
Dallas was a high school track coach and a mentor to many young climbers. A day like the one we had, cleaning up Mount Erie and then climbing with kids, is perhaps one of the best ways to remember the man.
--Jason D. Martin
We had nearly 60 volunteers turn out for work parties this past Saturday on Mt. Erie, Cap Sante and Washington Park. Another 8 showed up Sunday for the Anacortes Dive Shop’s annual Earth Day clean up, this year at Heart Lake.