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Which invasive weed threats exist? Find out Friday in the SouthShore

Adam Jensen

A self-guided tour in South Lake Tahoe this week will offer a look at the threat invasive plants pose to the Lake Tahoe Basin, including several species recently identified by U.S. Forest Service scientists as poised for rapid spread after the Angora fire.

“Burned areas provide opportunities for invasive plants to establish quickly because of disturbed soil, release of nutrients, and lack of competition,” according to the forest service’s Burned Area Emergency Response report.

One station will host a presentation on the early detection of invasives, while four other stations on the tour will focus on specific plants, like Scotch broom.

Because of the invasive ornamental plant’s volatile oils, it can create a fire hazard, but is still widely available at nurseries outside the basin.

“Scotch broom is really a flammable plant that could pose a high risk in the future,” said Jenny Francis, backyard conservation resource planner for the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. “We’d like to let people know what to look for.”

Talks will start at all five stations promptly at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon.

Each talk will be repeated at each station five times during the morning, beginning at the appointed times.

Tour participants will be given directions to each site and can visit all or part of the presentations in any order. Those interested in carpooling should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Tahoe Resource Conservation District Office at 870 Emerald Bay Road.

Registration for the tour is free and can be completed on-line at http://ucanr.org/lake-tahoe-weed-tour-form or by calling the Invasive Weed Hotline at the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (530) 543-1501 ext.113.

Registrants will receive a confirmation, including directions to the tour stations.

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