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.
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