by Jeannette Halderman, Program Manager
Truckee River Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors will be leading weed work days and weed walks over the next few months. Click on the links below for details and come join us!
Tuesday, June 25th – Work Day at Boca
Join Jeannette Halderman, Truckee River Watershed Botanist/Program Manager, and Susi Urie, botanist with the US Forest Service near Boca Dam, to assist in eradicating noxious weeds to enhance our native habitats in our Truckee River watershed. We will be meeting at 10:00 am for the two hour eradication of musk thistle, and then lunch will be provided. This is moderate to strenuous work. Click here for additional information.
Saturday, June 29th – Weed Walk in Glenshire
Courtney Rowe, Botanist and Annaliese Miller, botanical illustrator of “Invasive Weeds of the Tahoe National Forest“, will be leading a Weed Walk with a focus on our local native and invasive thistles, and other non-native invasive plants. We will be meeting at 10:00 am for the two hour walk. This will be an easy to moderate walk. Click here for additional information.
Events scheduled for July, August and September:
- Saturday, July 13th – Work day and Fly-fishing Lesson near Hirschdale
- Saturday, July 27th – Legacy Trail Work Day
- Saturday, August 10th – Weed Walk in Tahoe Donner
- Tuesday, August 27th – Learn how to press and mount locally collected and dried, non-native plant specimens (Vouchering) at Sagehen Creek Field Station
- Tuesday, September 17th – Vouchering at the Truckee River Watershed Council
Non-native, invasive plants 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 Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors work to prevent and control the spread of non-native invasive plants in the Truckee River watershed. Following the principle of “Early Detection, Rapid Response,” we educate the community, report occurrences to weed-management authorities, and organize work parties to enhance native habitats. Early detection and rapid response is crucial when it comes to the non-native, invasive plants found in the Truckee River watershed. “Many of these plants have very adaptable genes which means that they appear to be spreading slowly at first,” said Susan Urie, Botanist, “but once they adjust to the new environment they can spread rapidly.”
Volunteers are needed! If you would like to attend a weed walk, work day, vouchering event or get more information, please contact Jeannette Halderman via email or (530) 550-8760 ext. 6.
These events are 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.