Help Rid Port Ludlow of Scotch Broom

  • Scotch broom displaces native and beneficial plants, causing considerable loss of grassland and open forest habitat.
  • Seeds and other plant parts are toxic to humans, horses and livestock
  • Renders rangeland and grasslands worthless.
  • Interferes with re-establishment of conifer seedlings on harvested forests.
  • Dense stands can impede movement of wildlife.
  • Potential fire hazard that can increase the intensity of grassland and forest fires.
  • Scotch broom is difficult to eradicate due to substantial and long-lived seed bank.
  • In Oregon and Washington alone, Scotch Broom causes around $100 million in agricultural and forestry losses yearly.

On Wednesday, May 4 the battle continues with the annual Port Ludlow Scotch Broom pull. Volunteers will meet at the Bay Club at 9:30 a.m. to form teams and pinpoint locations.

All volunteers (spouses too) will return to the Bay Club at 12:00 noon for a complimentary barbecue and social time.

Long pants with long sleeve shirt and gloves are recommended. If you have them, please bring pruning shears, saws, and/or loppers.

If you plan to participate, please email John Fillers at to let him know, so he can estimate the amount of food required to feed all the volunteers.