Truckee River Day cleanup set Oct. 5 |

Truckee River Day cleanup set Oct. 5

Although the Truckee River was unkind to our area in January, it is still a local treasure.

Many Truckee-North Tahoe residents will show appreciation for the river during the second annual Truckee River Day sponsored by area business groups, districts and agencies. Truckee River Day is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Granite Flat Campground, one mile south of Truckee on Highway 89.

Sarah Trebilcock of the Villager Nursery in Truckee urges people to register early to participate.

“We had hundreds of people last year,” she said. “We are expecting almost double last year’s numbers.”

She said the day is about adults and children getting together to learn about the Truckee River watershed, while helping to clean up litter and debris, learning about bank revegetation, building rock stairways and collecting and planting seeds. There will also be special diving and wheelchair groups.

She said there will be specialists leading groups in archaeology, history, wildlife, plant ecology, fishing and geology.

The day’s activities will also include speakers Sheri Smith and Mark Wellman.

Smith, a highly regarded entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Susanville, will present a seminar on bark beetles, control methods and forest ecology in the river corridor.

Trebilcock said this is a “must come” talk for large property owners or residents with recurring beetle problems.

Wellman, a Tahoe Donner resident, will lead disabled volunteers participating in seed collecting and revegetating groups on the river bike path. For information, call Robie Wilson at 582-0686.

Participants should bring a clean pail for releasing fish, trash bags for clean up, planting tools and a sharp knife for those who want to participant in revegetation, sturdy shoes and water bottles.

The event is free and participants receive a free river day T-shirt if they register by Oct. 1.

Registration forms are available at the Villager Nursery, 587-0771; the U.S. Forest Service, 587-3558; and the Tahoe City Recreation office. Trebilcock recommends calling the Villager Nursery for those people who would like information by mail.

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