Invasive Weed Volunteers Needed: Truckee Day, June 7

On the morning of June 7 Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails will partner with the Truckee River Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors to bring invasive weed control to the annual Truckee Day Neighborhood Cleanup.

We’re looking for Champion Weed Warriors to help teach our neighbors basic invasive weed identification and weed removal techniques. Specifically, we plan to target bull thistle, a class-c weed that is widespread all across Tahoe Donner.

Because cleanup volunteers tend not to arrive all at once, most of the teaching will be done one on one or in small groups. So we’ll need a number of Champion Weed Warriors to get the cleanup volunteers prepared. We hope you’re willing to help us.

Champion Weed Warriors will need to arrive at Snowtech (17356 Northwoods Blvd.) no later than 7:45 am, so that we’re ready to receive the first volunteers at 8:00 am. We should have the last volunteers ready to roam the streets by 9:30. After that, if you choose, you’ll be free to join the cleanup efforts yourself.

It’s not a long commitment, but it is an important one. Truckee Day brings a lot of volunteers to Tahoe Donner, and we’ll need plenty of help preparing them to combat invasive weeds.

If you participated in any of our weed walks or weed pulls last year, please consider sharing your knowledge on Truckee Day. However, no experience with invasive weeds is necessary, as training sessions will be available. (See below.)

This is a great opportunity to teach our neighbors about the invasive weed problem here in Tahoe Donner. Let’s try to lend a hand, and help the Weed Warriors make this a successful event.

If you would like to help prepare volunteers on Truckee Day, please email the trails club at

Optional Training Sessions

There will be two optional training sessions for those who need a primer (or a refresher) on invasive weeds and bull thistle identification. The first is on May 30 at 5:30 pm, and the second is on June 6 at 5:30 pm. Both training sessions will take place at the Tahoe Donner Substation off Skislope Way (across the street from the boat and trailer storage yard), and shouldn’t run any longer than half an hour. The terrain in this area can be a bit rough and uneven, so you’ll want to wear sturdy shoes. If you could benefit from a training session, but can’t make either date, please email to make alternative arrangements.