Early detection, rapid response | Controlling invasive weeds in the watershed | SierraSun.com

Early detection, rapid response | Controlling invasive weeds in the watershed

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee River Watershed Counciland#8217;s Weed Warriors (TRWCWW) will be leading two weed walks June 30 and Aug. 11 and three weed pulls, June 20, June 23 and July 14. The Weed Warriors hope to bring awareness to the public about invasive weeds in the area and the proper ways to dispose of them.

Weed walks, led by Jeannette Halderman (TRWCWW) and volunteer weed warriors Annaliese Miller and Kathy Welch, will be in confirmed infestation locations to learn what plants are invasive to this area. The weed pulls, led by Jeannette Halderman, program manager for the Truckee River Watershed Council and Botanist Susan Urie of the U.S. Forest Service, will be at Boca Hill on June 20 and 23 and Stampede on July 14. Learn to properly remove weeds as well as help with the infestations 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 Susan Urie, Botanist, 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 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 weed pull please contact the Truckee River Watershed Council at http://truckeeriverwc.org or call Halderman at 530-550-8760, ext. 3. 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 and#8220;Together for the Truckee.and#8221; It focuses on collaborative solutions for the protection, enhancement and restoration of the Truckee River Watershed.

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