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Weed Warriors: Controlling invasive weeds in the Truckee River watershed

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee River Watershed Counciland#8217;s Weed Warriors will lead two weed walks and two weed pulls, June 18, July 9, June 21 and July 23, respectively. The Weed Warriors are hoping to bring awareness to the public about invasive weeds in our area and the proper ways to dispose of them.

Weed walks, lead by volunteer weed warriors Annaliese Miller and Kathy Welch, will be in locations where infestations have been confirmed in order to learn about what plants are invasive to this area. The weed pulls, lead by Botanist Susan Urie of the U.S. Forest Service, at Boca Hill June 21 and Stampede on July 23, will show how to properly remove weeds as well as help with the infestation at locations in the Tahoe National Forest.

Invasive weeds are aggressive plants that have been introduced into an area outside of their native range and are dangerous because they out-compete native and other desirable plants. As a result, they reduce land and recreational values, damage water quality, contribute to soil erosion, degrade plant and animal habitat and increase the risk of wild-land fire.

Early detection and rapid response is crucial when it comes to the invasive weeds found in the Truckee meadows. and#8220;Many of these plants have very adaptable genes which means that they appear to be spreading slowly at first,and#8221; said Urie. and#8220;But once they adjust to the new environment they can spread rapidly.and#8221;

The Weed Warrior programand#8217;s goal is to educate the public on how to find, report and properly dispose of invasive weeds. There are two ways to report potential weeds. The first is at http://www.truckeeriverwc.org/weed-warriors, where there is a Report-a-Weed page. The second way is to report on the go. IPhone and Droid users can download the and#8220;Whatand#8217;s Invasiveand#8221; app. When the reports are received volunteers will be sent to the location to verify the weed and log it in the database, once verified the appropriate agency will be notified to take care of the infestation.

Volunteers are needed! If you would like to attend a weed walk or pull please contact the Truckee River Watershed Council at http://www.truckeeriverwc.org or call Andy Otto, director of Land Use Compatibility at the Truckee River Watershed Council, at 530-550-8760 ext. 3.

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For more information on the Weed Warriors or to become a volunteer visit http://www.truckeeriverwc.org/weed-warriors.

Truckee River Watershed Council brings the community Together for the Truckee. It focuses on collaborative solutions for the protection, enhancement and restoration of the Truckee River Watershed.

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