Weed Warriors

Weeds, and especially those classified as Invasive Weeds, are an anomaly in our area that directly affect the enjoyment and use of the watershed for our wildlife, recreation, and fire suppression. They cost us all money and time.

The Weed Warriors coordinate activities for the prevention and control of invasive weeds in the Truckee River watershed.  Our activities focus on the exclusion, detection, containment and eradication of invasive weeds.  These efforts concentrate on species listed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and other species of local significance.

To understand our current weed status in the watershed, we have a corps of “Weed Warriors” who search the watershed for infestations, report them to a headquarters, and then dispatch a brigade of other warriors to remove or otherwise eradicate the invaders.

To this end, we host “Weed Walks” in the summer along with “Weed Pulls”.  We have also established an interactive mapping web page to report possible weed infestations and we continue to coordinate our efforts with other concerned regional and state agencies.

Weed Control in the Truckee River Watershed

Cooperation Works

The Truckee River Watershed Council brings the community Together for the Truckee to protect, enhance and restore the Truckee River Watershed.

Truckee River Weed Warriors is one of our programs. We work to prevent and control the spread of non-native invasive plants in the Middle Truckee River watershed, which covers approximately 435 square miles, or 285,000 acres. Fortunately, we don't work alone.

Since invasive plants are in an early stage of invasion, the principle of "Early Detection, Rapid Response," is critical to success. Through a series of workshops, public events, and our website, we have educated hundreds of residents and professional land managers on the effects invasive plants on the way land functions. As a result, the public has reported to Weed Warriors more than 100 invasive plant sites in 2013.

Identification of these landscape changers is just the first step. Education on effective treatments is crucial to controlling these species without spreading them in the treatment process. For example, small root fragments of some non-native invasive plant species, such as perennial pepperweed can regenerate a whole new plant. Attempts at manual removal can cause these populations to increase since removal of the entire root system is usually not possible. In many of these cases, chemical treatment is the most effective method of control. Nevada and Placer Counties have the expertise to treat weeds that can't be controlled with mechanical methods.

Weed Warriors also conducts community weed pulls where we manually remove invasive plants. Early on, we recognized that we had no effective way to dispose of these plants, thus potentially spreading these invasive plants further. Once again, the counties helped us solve this problem by picking up and disposing bags of List A and B noxious weeds following these events.

Assistance from the counties enables us to follow our principle of "Early Detection, Rapid Response".

Thank you to Our *Partners and Funders:

  • California Department of Conservation
  • California Invasive Plants Council
  • The Martis Fund
  • *Nevada-Placer County Weed Management Area Group
  • *U.S.F.S. Tahoe National Forest