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Extension coordinator presents seminar on noxious weeds

Posted 6/11/2009

Some weeds may look like flowers, but their beauty can be a threat to your landscape. Weeds like Purple Loosestrife—a bright purple perennial that has infested wetlands and dry crops throughout the United States and Canada for over two centuries—can appear harmless. In reality, these weeds spell trouble for Nevada landowners.

Many weeds that plague northern Nevada have withstood the test of time. Scotch Thistle—another invasive that began as a European ornamental—traveled to the United States in the 1800s. Many of the noxious weeds we battle each season traveled by boat in clumps of soil used to stabilize ships in choppy oceans.

Though we may not be able to eradicate our centuries-old nemeses entirely, we can learn to track and attack noxious weeds that crowd native species in our gardens and destroy our crops.

Margie Evans, coordinator of the Carson City Weed Coalition and specialist at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), will lead a team of 50 participants in Weed Track and Attack Day at Silver Saddle Ranch in Carson City. The June 13 seminar begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Nevadans eager to learn how to find and destroy noxious weeds are urged to bring a pair of gloves and a bottle of sunscreen to this free event. Water, lunch and a special gift will be provided to the first 50 registrants.

Sue Donaldson, UNCE water-quality specialist, said proper plant identification is critical in the battle against weeds.

"It’s important to identify the plant," Donaldson said. "Gardeners need to look at how the plant grows and how it reproduces. They should also look at their site and think about how they got weeds in the first place."

UNCE has partnered with Carson City Weed Coalition, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Together Green and Nevada Important Bird Areas Program to present this free event.

To register, call Evans at (775) 887-2252 or visit the Carson Water Subconservancy District Web site for more information.

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