2017 Spring Invasive Weed Pull & Fall Truckee River Cleanup
During KTMB’s Spring Great Community Cleanup volunteers remove invasive weeds at several hot spots along the Truckee River and its tributaries, as identified by weed experts at Nevada Land Trust and members of the TMWCG. Local park staff report that weed removal is often the most challenging aspect of their job. With current staff reductions, the incorporation of weed removal prior to weed seeding in the spring is vital and aligns perfectly with the timing of KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup.
River and tributary sites are identified by park staff and project partners as areas in need of litter pickup and trash removal, tree wrapping, weed pulling, mulch spreading (to prevent soil erosion), graffiti removal and storm drain stenciling.
This program satisfies the TRF Grant Priorities V, VI, VII, and VIII – Support to Rehabilitation of Local Tributary Creeks and Drainage Courses, Stewardship and Environmental Awareness, Meet Multiple Objectives, and Leverage Stakeholder Assets and Participation. KTMB educates and informs residents and visitors about the importance of maintaining a healthy river; how noxious weeds negatively affect native plant communities, habitats, and watershed; how litter and pollution are harmful to human health, wildlife, the local environment and economy; and collaborate to create a cleaner community while saving precious taxpayer dollars that would otherwise be spent on cleanup.