TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Martis Fund has awarded the Truckee River Weed Warrior Program a multi-year funding grant. The grant will allow the program to create a website database, educate the community and establish invasive weed-prevention guidelines.
In the first year, the program’s goal is to promote awareness by creating an online database and smart phone application that will allow citizens to send in photos of potential weeds. When positively identified, the photo will be posted with GPS coordinates on the online map. Once the invasive weeds are located, weed pulls will be organized.
The warriors also are concerned about prevention. Many groups such as homeowners associations and businesses that are landscaping are unaware of planting non-invasive plants and seeds. The program will be working to put guidelines in place to educate these groups and individuals about desirable plants.
To learn more about the Truckee River Weed Warrior Program, contact Beth Christman at the Truckee River Watershed Council (530) 550-8760.