Garlic Mustard 6-08




In the past few years some of you may have participated individually or collectively in garlic mustard pulls at Mazo Beach. We want to thank you once more for the effort and time you put into this very important project.

This year Friends of Mazo Beach is once again among those helping the DNR with their attempts to keep garlic mustard from taking over woodland areas. Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s pulling efforts, either individually or collectively, can call (608-798-1954) and we will give you more info including some group pull dates that may fit into your schedule.

This year many bags have already been pulled to date. This year the DNR recommended beginning major pulling efforts in early May, going through June, and then for us to continue to monitor the areas throughout the entire growing season to catch the plants that germinate later. The key is to have them pulled before the seeds on the long chutes are released, which occurs later in July and August. We only need to focus on the mature plants, as the shorter low-lying first year growths will be sprayed. The DNR will again be providing the garbage bags and pick-up of the bagged plants.

For those of you who did not pull last year and are unfamiliar with garlic mustard, it is an invasive biennial herb that ranges from 12 to 40 inches in height as an adult flowering plant. It completely covers the forest floor in a short time and can displace most native wildflower species and tree seedlings within 5 years. What can you do? Learn to identify these invaders, and help control them by pulling them from the wooded areas around the parking lots and road leading to Mazo Beach. If unfamiliar, just contact us and we will help you learn more about effectively identifying, pulling, bagging, and how to leave the areas without unknowingly taking seeds with you on your shoes and clothing.

Added Incentive:

Yes, we do this for Mother Earth, but sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little incentive. So as an added bonus, this year all weed warriors participating will receive thank you gifts from The Naturist Society and a chance to win a one year Naturist Society membership.image

“How?” you ask. Just be sure we have your name / address & email / phone, what date(s) you pulled, and how many bags you filled. In addition to receiving a thank you gift, for each bag you fill your name will be put in a box for the Naturist Society membership drawing. Want to increase your chances? Just fill more bags.

Although it is unknown at this time whether there will be a need for more pulling in July before the seed pods open, this offer will end June 30th. Thank you gifts will be distributed between now and then, and the membership prize winner will receive their membership certificate in July. In addition, all participants will be invited to a thank you party this fall.

Please consider how you can help. This is a great opportunity to show your continued vigilance at being a proactive steward of Mother Earth. The small investment of your time can go far in helping safeguard against the spread of this invasive species and helping maintain a healthy diverse environment in our backyard woodland at the beach. As volunteers, not only do we help rid the area of garlic mustard and restore and protect the biodiversity of our woods, but we build a sense of community (between ourselves, and also with the DNR) as we do so.

Popular Nude Beach Cracks Down on Nudity

Another feed, this one from AANR about San Onofre Beach.  HERE 

Yeah, they’re trying to close it to keep to those awful people out.

Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes

This one slipped past, sorry.  You’re responsible to keep up, OK?    

Long term government plans affecting Sleeping Bear Dunes nudist/naturist areas.

Check out the NAC site for more info.

Another Beach under Fire

Click HERE for more information.  Or read the article.

A Reminder…

Once again this year the DNR has placed all of the wooded areas near the beach OFF-LIMITS.  That means no cutting through on the trails to the beach from the road.  No slipping into the woods to take a leak, collect firewood, nothing.

People are doing this despite the signs and they risk arrest.  Not to mention it causes problems for all of us.  If you see someone going into the woods it would be helpful to everyone if you educated them about this issue.

If you feel the urge to pull weeds or garlic mustard you’d better talk to someone who knows what’s going on first.  The road to fines is paved with good intentions…

Update to 5-21 NAC Alert

People are responding.  The update is HERE.

Please support the NAC.  It is not a membership organization and relies entirely on contributions to continue to protect our rights.

San Onofre Beach Woes


 “State about to crack down on San Onofre nude beach” 

“State Parks spokesman Roy Stearns said the decision comes after an increase in complaints about the influx of people to the area in recent years. The number of people who go to San Onofre, in San Diego County, increased to about 2.5 million last year, from about 1.7 million people in 2000, officials said.

"It’s no longer one of those remote beaches that is out of sight and out of mind, that few people go to," Stearns said.”  (LA.Times)

More about TNS efforts to fight this at: Friends of Mazo Beach.