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2017 Scotch Broom Challenge 

If you would like to be part of the Core Team or volunteer please call 530-272-1122 or send us an email.


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Upcoming Scotch Broom Challenges

Volunteers Wanted

For more information or to volunteer please call 530-272-1122, use our online sign up form or send an email

The Scotch Broom Challenge was created in 2007 to address the spread of this highly flammable and invasive plant in our community. The Scotch Broom Challenge started with just a few sites in Nevada County. In the spring of 2013 over 250 volunteers took the Scotch Broom Challenge and pulled broom at 21 sites throughout Nevada County and Placer County.

This year local groups and agencies are once again teaming up to pull Scotch broom at the sites listed below and we are looking for volunteers from the community who want to come out and join us. No experience is necessary and we provide the equipment and supplies.

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Bring your family and friends, pick a site and participate in one of Nevada County's most fun and satisfying challenges.

Upcoming Scotch Broom Challenge Sites

Saturday, March 4, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Shields Camp Road, Nevada City, CA

HOSTED BY:

Yuba Watershed Institute

The “Inimim Forest” located on the San Juan Ridge, is owned by the Bureau of Land Management and has been stewarded by the Yuba Watershed Institute since 1995.  The “Inimim” (named after the Nisenan word for ponderosa pine) contains some prime examples of “old-growth” forest structure.  Come help save the big trees from wildfire by removing invasive Scotch broom from the forest understory.  Meet at the North Columbia Schoolhouse.  To volunteer for this site or any other site, please register with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County by either registering online or by calling 530-272-1122.

 

Saturday & Sunday, March 4-5, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Champion Mine Road & NID Ditch Trail,

Nevada City, CA

HOSTED BY:

Greater Champion Mine Neighborhood Association

Work continues along Champion Mine Road sponsored by the Greater Champion Mine Neighborhood Association and Firewise Community in collaboration with Nevada County Walkers, Bicyclists of Nevada County, and the Forest Trails Alliance.  The Scotch Broom Challenge pull at this site is on both Saturday and Sunday.  The site coordinator is Frances Jorgensen.  To volunteer on this site, or any other site, please register with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County by either registering online or by calling 530-272-1122.

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

1:15 p.m.  to  4:15 p.m.

You Bet Road, Grass Valley, CA

HOSTED BY:

Chris Knox & You Bet Road Community

The You Bet Road community is engaging in their FIRST Scotch Broom Challenge in 2017!  They will be meeting at the Greenhorn Creek bridge around 1:00pm to provide safety gear for working along the roadway, so please arrive a few minutes early.  The sites for removal are various patches of broom along You Bet Road, so please SAVE THE DATE and plan to join the neighbors in removing this highly flammable and invasive weed.  Light snacks will be provided, please bring a water bottle and your favorite gloves or loppers if you have any.  Gloves, high visibility safety vests, weed wrenches, loppers and other supplies will be on hand, but more is always better to be well prepared.  We need your help to make the inaugural event a success!

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hirschman’s Pond, 115 Cement Hill Road

Nevada City, CA

HOSTED BY:

Sierra Streams Institute

Hirschman’s Pond, a former hydraulic mining site, is home to several important and sensitive species, including the Western Pond Turtle, Pacific Chorus Frog, and a variety of migrating waterfowl.  Sierra Streams Institute is working on a project to restore Hirschman’s Pond in order to protect these species and create a healthier forest, while also reducing the risk of fire.  As part of this initiative, Sierra Streams Institute is helping organize the Scotch Broom Challenge to remove this invasive species and engage the community with our restoration efforts at Hirschman’s Pond.  This event will provide a great opportunity to not only contribute to the restoration and protection of an important, local ecological site, but also to learn about the work of Sierra Streams Institute and other ways to get involved!

 

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Canyon View Preserve

HOSTED BY:

Placer Land Trust

Canyon View Preserve has played host to previous Scotch Broom Challenge events in the past.  With your help, we made a significant dent in this problematic species from important areas of the Preserve.  We are once again asking for your help to remove what remains in an effort to protect native plant species as well as our human neighbors who reside next to this open public Preserve.

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

South Yuba River State Park

HOSTED BY:

South Yuba River Citizens League

The site is located at the South Yuba River State Park on the Independence Trail as well as on Hoyt’s Crossing.  Both trails are easily accessible and among the most popular outdoor areas in Nevada County.  The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) continues to work in partnership with California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management to eradicate invasive Scotch broom.  Parking is located off Highway 49.   The project site is coordinated by Courtney Hudson, Restoration Coordinator with SYRCL.

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Shields Camp Road, Nevada City, CA

HOSTED BY:

Yuba Watershed Institute

The “Inimim Forest” located on the San Juan Ridge, is owned by the Bureau of Land Management and has been stewarded by the Yuba Watershed Institute since 1995.  The “Inimim” (named after the Nisenan word for ponderosa pine) contains some prime examples of “old-growth” forest structure.  Come help save the big trees from wildfire by removing invasive Scotch broom from the forest understory. To volunteer for this site or any other site, please register with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County by either registering online or by calling 530-272-1122.

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lake Arthur, Auburn, CA

HOSTED BY:

Anna VanZuuk

Beautiful Lake Arthur is being overcome by a Scotch broom infestation.  A concerned user, Anna VanZuuk, has been granted permission by the Placer County Water Agency to organize the volunteer pull at the site this Spring.  This is the first event at this location, so we'll be looking for some weed warriors to sign up and support this new effort!  Further details to follow - please check back for details!

Ongoing Scotch Broom Challenges by:


 Mountain Lakes Estates HOA

Lake Wildwood HOA

Alta Sierra POA

If you live in one of these Firewise Communities or homeowner associations, please contact your local representative for more information on how you can get involved with the Scotch Broom Challenge in your own neighborhood – or consider starting one!

 

Past Scotch Broom Challenge Sites:

April 16, 2016

Alan Thiesen Trail, Alta Sierra

Bear Yuba Land Trust

 

March 26, 2016

Independence Trail, South Yuba State Park

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)


March 19, 2016

Burton Homestead

Bear Yuba Land Trust

 

March 12, 2016

Hirschman's Pond, Nevada City, CA

Sierra Streams Institute

 

March 5 & 6, 2016

Champion Mine Road & NID Ditch Trail

Greater Champion Mine Neighborhood Association

 

April 25, 2015

Wolf Creek at Wolf Creek Road

Wolf Creek Community Alliance

 

April 25, 2015

Cascade Shores Diggins

Cascade Shores Firewise Community

 

April 18, 2015

Rice's Crossing, Penn Valley, CA

Bear Yuba Land Trust

 

April 11, 2015

Deer Creek Environs Trail, Nevada City, CA

Sierra Streams Institute

 

April 9, 2015

Old Nevada City Airport, Nevada City, CA

Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood

 

March 28, 2015

Wolf Creek at Wolf Creek Road, Grass Valley, CA

Wolf Creek Community Alliance

 

March 14, 2015

Placer Hills/Sugar Pine Roads, Meadow Vista, CA

Michelle Hamil

 

March 7, 2015

Hell's Half Acre, Grass Valley, CA

Fire Safe Council, Redbud CNPS, Twin Cities Church

 

May 3 & 4, 2014

Camp Gold Hollow, Nevada City, CA

Camp Gold Hollow

 

April 19, 2014

Nevada County Airport, Nevada City, CA

Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood


April 12, 2014

Banner Lava Cap/Gracie Rd, Nevada City, CA

Banner Mountain HOA

 

April 4, 2014

Cement Hill Road, Nevada City, CA

Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association

 

March 16, 2014

Sages Road, North San Juan, CA

Joann & Rusty Fites Kaufman

 

Scotch Broom Challenge Sites

Check out photos and video of some of our Scotch Broom Challenge sites to see which site you would like to volunteer for.

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