Hundreds of volunteers show up for 24th annual Truckee River Day
Nearly 600 volunteers were scattered across Truckee on Sunday restoring meadows and wetlands as part of the Truckee River Watershed Council’s 24th annual Truckee River Day.
At McIver Dairy, a popular sledding hill and one of several restoration sites, volunteers worked to plant new grass in the dried ground.
“We just wanted to come out and give back to the community because we’ve all sledded on this hill when we were younger and we just wanted to help out,” said Anna Persons-Wirth as she worked alongside members of her Girl Scout Troop 1083.
“We’ve all gone through classes in high school learning about this kind of environmental stuff,” said Maggie Mann, also a member of Troop 1083. “So it’s nice to be involved in it.”
Further up the road on the same site another group of volunteers cut down stray willow branches and replanted them.
“There’s a drainage outlet that’s been reconstructed so we’re going to put willows around it to stabilize it,” said Tony Lashbrook, lead volunteer on the project. “This site gets a lot of urban runoff so the water coming down Donner Pass Road flows out right here,” he said, pointing to the drainage.
A Truckee River Watershed Council board member, who was present at the first Truckee River Day in 1996, Lashbrook said he’s passionate about maintaining the natural environment in Truckee.
Other long term projects focus on bringing life back to the meadow by directing the public to use portions of the property that are the least sensitive, Lashbrook said.
The project at McIver Dairy only took a few hours, along with projects at Dry Creek in Russell Valley, the Martis Wildlife area and Sagehen and Tahoe Donner. Full day projects included building a new boardwalk across wetlands at Donner Camp, helping with meadow restoration, seeding, mulching and planting willows in Perazzo Meadows and installing willow wattles along Squaw Creek to help stabilize eroding stream banks.
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-550-2652.