A Day of Volunteering Really Can Make a Big Difference

Tackling Weeds in the Mt. Rose Wilderness

Volunteers find digging out noxious weeds to be very satisfying
Volunteers find digging out noxious weeds to be very satisfying

Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been leading the charge against noxious weeds in the Mount Rose Wilderness since 2007.  During the 2012 field season, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and their hard-working volunteers removed thousands of noxious weeds—mainly the musk thistle and perennial pepperweed—from the wilderness’s Hunter Creek drainage.  Renee Aldrich, Friends of Nevada Wilderness’s Stewardship Technician, has organized and led the weed removal efforts. She says, “We had more than 20 volunteers join us on several weed pulling and weed monitoring events!  It’s amazing to look back and see the amount of work a small group of people can do in one day.” Aldrich adds, “A day of volunteering really can make a big difference.”  If you would like to be involved in future weed pulling events please contact Renee Aldrich at: renee@nevadawilderness.org.

Volunteers help clear parks and open space of weeds

Digging weeds is a family affair!
Digging weeds is a family affair!

For 10 years, volunteers have joined the fight on noxious weeds on public properties by participating in a weed dig event on the first Saturday in May.

In 2012, the weed group partnered with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful to dig weeds and remove trash from 8 sites from Verdi to McCarran Ranch on May 7 during the Great Community Cleanup. Members of the Truckee Meadows Weed Coordinating Group scouted out the sites and acted as group leaders to help direct the activities of the volunteers.

A total of 84 cubic yards of weeds were removed from the sites by 141 hearty volunteers. At some sites, entire families came out to beautify their neighborhoods.

In addition to working on weeds, volunteers also removed 18 cubic yards of trash and assorted tires, metal objects and one shopping cart. A great sense of satisfaction was felt by all!

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