by Kathy Whitlow, Operations Manager

Workshop Partipants learn about installing and maintaining soil erosion control measures. Photo: Kathy WhitlowThank you to everyone who came out this week to our free workshop on the Watershed Council’s River-Friendly Landscaping (RFL) and Weed Warriors programs.

More than a dozen people enjoyed a tour of the soil erosion control measures in and around the Truckee Community Garden. These measures were installed at the garden last year so it was great to observe the changes that occurred over the winter and spring. Our focus was on simple steps needed to maintain the erosion control measures to keep water on one’s property, allowing it to sink back into the ground.

Workshop participants also enjoyed learning about TRWC’s Weed Warriors program and the work they are doing to help homeowners and area land managers identify, report and manage non-native, invasive plants in the watershed. They got hands-on experience identifying some of our area’s non-native, invasive plants as well as the native plants that are often confused with them.

“We had a very enthusiastic group join us Tuesday,” says Jeannette Halderman, Program Manager at the Watershed Council. “I think everyone was struck by how important and easy it is to take steps to prevent erosion and to help limit the spread of non-native invasive plants in our area.”

Workshop participants Karen and Stacey Justesen learn how to tell non-native, invasive plants from their native and/or desirable look-alikes from Weed Warrior Kathy Welch. Photo: Kathy WhitlowA special thank you goes out to Project MANA and the Truckee Community Garden for allowing us to use this wonderful backdrop for the workshop and RFL soil erosion control demonstration areas.

If you missed this training opportunity, you can always visit our website calendar for upcoming training events and workdays. Here are some upcoming events – please join us in protecting our native ecosystems!

Funding for River-Friendly Landscaping has been provided in full or in part through the California State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319). Weed Warriors is sponsored by Martis Fund, a collaborative project of Martis Camp landowners, DMB/Highlands Group (the developers of Martis Camp), Mountain Area Preservation (MAP), and Sierra Watch. Additional funding in part through a grant awarded by the California Department of Conservation.