TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee River Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors are leading one Weed Pull and one Weed Walk, on July 14 and Aug. 11, respectively. The Weed Warriors hope to bring awareness to the public about invasive weeds in our area and their proper disposal.
The Weed Pull, co-led by Jeannette Halderman and botanist Susan Urie of the U.S. Forest Service, will be near Boca Hill on July 14. The Weed Pull will remove weeds, as well as, help reduce infestations in the Tahoe National Forest.
The Weed Walk, co-led by Jeannette Halderman, program manager for the Truckee River Watershed Council and Kathy Welch, botanist, will be in a location where infestations have been confirmed in order to learn which plants are invasive to the Truckee River.
Invasive weeds are aggressive plants that have been introduced outside of their native range. They are dangerous because they out-compete native and other desirable plants, reducing land and recreational values, damaging water quality, contributing to soil erosion, degrading plant and animal habitat, and increasing the risk of fire.
Early detection and rapid response are crucial. “Many of these plants have very adaptable genes which means that they appear to be spreading slowly at first,” said Urie. “But once they adjust to the new environment, they can spread rapidly.”
The Weed Warriors educate the public on how to find, report and properly dispose of invasive weeds. Weeds can be reported at www.truckeeriverwc.org/weed-warriors, on the Report-a-Weed page. iPhone and Droid users can download the “What’s Invasive” app for reporting. When the reports are received they are verified and the appropriate agency is notified to have the weeds removed.
Volunteers are needed! If you would like to attend a Weed Walk or Weed pull, contact the Truckee River Watershed Council at www.truckeeriverwc.org, or call Halderman at 530-550-8760, ext. 6. Visit truckeeriverwc.org/weed-warriors for information.
The Weed Walk is supported by the Martis Fund, a collaborative project of Martis Camp landowners, DMB/Highlands Group (the developers of Martis Camp), Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF), and Sierra Watch.
Truckee River Watershed Council brings the community together for the Truckee. It focuses on collaborative solutions for the protection, enhancement and restoration of the Truckee River Watershed.