Alder Creek Meadow Cleanup, Saturday, July 19

On Saturday July 19, we’ll be partnering with the trails staff for a second 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. Last year we had a great turnout for our volunteer cleanup day, and we removed whole truckloads of debris from the meadow. Although the site is in much better shape today, there’s still work to be done to return it to pristine condition. (Particularly if we have another great turnout, we might also spend some time sprucing up one of the nearby trails.)

Here’s all the information:

Alder Creek Meadow Cleanup
Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Place: We’ll meet near the Equestrian Center gate, and walk to the site. Although that facility is under construction, there is ample parking along Alder Creek Road.

Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors, Saturday, August 2

For the second year in  a row, 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 three areas, carpooling from place to place, and walking out short distances to see nearly a dozen infestations. The walk will conclude with a lunch provided by the Weed Warriors.

Here are all the details:

Tahoe Donner Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors
Date: Saturday, August 2
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm (Lunch will follow.)
Meeting Place: Tahoe Donner Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd.

RSVP required by July 30. Please specify a vegetarian lunch if preferred. To RSVP email tdtrails@gmail.com.

Nota Bene: Participants must be 10 years or older and able to walk short distances (less than 1/3 of a mile total) over rough, dirt terrain.

Tahoe Donner is an unfortunate host to some of the region’s most noxious invasive weeds, including musk thistle, Scotch thistle, spotted knapweed, and poison hemlock. There is no better way to learn about these noxious weeds than to join us on a weed walk.

Even if you participated in last year’s weed walk, please know that you’re encouraged to attend this year’s walk as well. When learning to identify invasive weeds, repetition is an essential virtue.

Invasive weed spotting is a rewarding activity for all ages, and a great way to protect the integrity of our local natural environment. You can do it every day in your neighborhood and on the trails. 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 our weed walk, and try your hand at invasive weed spotting!

Tahoe Donner Trails Day Volunteer Kick-off, June 21

The first Tahoe Donner Trails Day of the season will take place on Saturday, June 21st. This time we’ll be out on the popular Nature Trail, repairing trail tread, clearing loose rocks, and trimming back brush.

Tahoe Donner Trails Day
Date: Saturday, June 21
Time: 9:00 to noon, concluding with lunch.
Location: We will meet at the Northwoods Clubhouse before walking out to the work site on the Nature Trail.

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

People often tell us that they’d like to be more involved with the trails, but they’re a little intimidated by trail work. Please be assured that for Trails Day we always try to choose family friendly projects that are open to a wide range of ages and physical abilities. Everyone should be able to choose their own level. We’ll also have experts from the Trails Department on hand to supervise, and to teach everyone a bit about proper trail design and repair.

The Trails Club has deemphasized trail work in recent seasons, mostly because of the logistical difficulties it incurs. There is good reason to believe those difficulties will diminish in the coming years. Indeed, there should be many opportunities for volunteer trail work in Tahoe Donner once construction of the Donner Lake Rim Trail (DLRT) proceeds through our McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract properties. Trails Day is a great way to get a little taste of the kind of work that goes into larger projects like the DLRT.

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