Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors, Saturday, August 10

This August Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails will partner with the Truckee River Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors to conduct an educational weed walk here in Tahoe Donner. We’ll visit multiple sites, carpooling from place to place, and walking out short distances to see a variety of infestations. The walk will conclude with a lunch provided by the Weed Warriors.

Although we are just beginning to understand the invasive weed situation here in this community, it has already become clear that Tahoe Donner is host to some of the region’s most noxious invasive weeds, including musk thistle, Scotch thistle, spotted knapweed, and poison hemlock.

Invasive weed spotting is a rewarding activity for all ages. You can do it every day in your neighborhood and on the trails, and it’s a great way to protect the integrity of our local natural environment. What’s more, because it’s almost like a natural scavenger hunt, it’s also quite fun. If you catch the weed spotting bug, you might even find it a little addictive.

So please join us on this walk, and try your hand at invasive weed spotting.

Here are all the details:

Tahoe Donner Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors
Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm (Lunch will follow)
Meeting Place: Tahoe Donner Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd.
RSVP: Required by August 6. Please specify lunch preference (vegetarian or not). To RSVP email tdtrails@gmail.com.

Alder Creek Meadow Cleanup, Saturday, July 20

This Saturday we’ll be partnering with the trails staff for an Alder Creek Meadow cleanup. If you’re unfamiliar with that area, it’s just past the gate at the end of Alder Creek Road. For years the meadow was used as something of a dump. Today it is in terrible shape, strewn with asphalt and other debris. We won’t return the site to pristine condition in one morning, but we can make a good start. Here’s all the information:

Alder Creek Meadow Cleanup
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Meet at the Equestrian Center
RSVP: email tdtrails@gmail.com (appreciated, but not absolutely required)

Tahoe Donner Trails Day Volunteer Kick-off, June 22

The first Tahoe Donner Trails Day of the season will take place at the Equestrian Center on Saturday, June 22. The day will begin at 9:00 am and conclude with lunch at noon.

This year we are pleased to offer two volunteer opportunities.

First, the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club will lead an invasive weed patrol for bull thistle. This natural scavenger hunt will be a fun and rewarding activity for all ages, and especially for families with children. It will also be a great service to the natural environment here at Tahoe Donner.

The weed patrol will begin around the Equestrian Center, where you will learn how to distinguish bull thistle from the area’s native thistles, and how to remove and dispose of bull thistle to prevent its spread. After that families and groups will take charge of specific trail sections and head out to search for bull thistle. All you need is a pair of gloves (thistles are quite prickly), a garden trowel or any small shovel, and the patience to stroll slowly down the trails while keeping a careful eye on the plants around you.

Second, Tahoe Donner’s Trails department will lead volunteer efforts to work on a nearby trail. Before the work begins they will guide volunteers through the site, pointing out and describing the specific repairs that need to be done. After that volunteers will break up into teams, each led by a member of the Trails department, to complete the necessary work. Trail work can be physically demanding, but it is also extremely satisfying.

Everyone is advised to wear sturdy shoes, have plenty of water, and wear sun protection.

Participants will be provided with a boxed lunch (vegetarian available) and a free Tahoe Donner Trails t-shirt.

We’d like to make this Trails Day a great day for everyone involved. Knowing roughly how many people plan to attend and participate in the various activities will help us in our preparations. An RSVP is not required, but it is greatly appreciated.

To RSVP, please fill out the survey at this link: http://eepurl.com/zzZTn

For more information please email the Trails Club at tdtrails@gmail.com.