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2014 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.

Check out this time lasped video of Marin County tackling their French and Scotch Broom.

Then scroll down to view upcoming opportunities to get together with others from our community and tackle the local Scotch Broom Challenge.

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, May 3, 2014 & Sunday, May 4, 2014

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

Camp Gold Hollow

Camp Gold Hollow is an overnight resident camp serving children ages 6-18. Founded in 1944, it is owned and operated by the Golden Empire Council of Camp Fire Boys and Girls, a national organization for youth development which was founded in 1910 as a girl’s organization and welcomed boys to join in 1975. Volunteers are meeting at the Camp Gold Hollow 17183 Lake Vera road, Nevada City. This project site is sponsored by the Camp Gold Hollow. The site coordinator is Rebecca Schaeffer. 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, May 10, 2014

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

Wolf Creek at Wolf Creek Road

Wolf Creek Community Alliance

Work Continues at Wolf Creek site on Wolf Road to remove broom, and plant native plants along the creek. Volunteers are meeting at the site, between Hwy 49 and Duggan’s rd. This project site is sponsored by the Wolf Creek Community Alliance (WCCA). The site coordinator is Suzanne Ferroggiaro. 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.

Ongoing Scotch Broom Challenges:

Mountain Lakes Estate HOA

Lake Wildwood HOA

Alta Sierra HOA

If you live in one of these homeowner association's please contact your homeowner’s association for more information on how you can get involved with the Scotch Broom Challenge in you neighborhood.

Past Scotch Broom Challenge Sites

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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

Nevada County Airport

Work continues to remove broom from the Nevada County Airport. Broom around the areas adjacent to the ramps, taxiways, and the runway are the targets of this pull. Volunteers are meeting at the airport located at 13083 John Bauer Ave, Grass Valley. The project site is sponsored by The Nevada County Airport. The site coordinator Lee Ocker. 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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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

Burton Homestead

Bear Yuba Land Trust

Scotch broom removal will continue for the third year at the Burton Homestead which is a 38 acre preserve owned by the Bear Yuba Land Trust for education. Classes include the Food Love Project and Fox Walkers. Also, the Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe owns 3 acres within the 38 acres. This site is located at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd. The project site is sponsored by the Bear Yuba Land Trust. The site coordinator is Cathy Shirley. 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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

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

Hirschman's Pond

Sierra Streams Institute

Work continues to remove broom from the Hirschman's Pond Trail. The site is a current reforestation and fuel load reduction effort. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot on the left hand side of Cement Hill road off of Highway 49. The project site is sponsored by Sierra Streams Institute. The site coordinator Aviva Fiske. 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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

Banner Lava Cap/Gracie Rd, Nevada City

Banner Mountain HOA

Gracie Road from Banner Lava Cap Road to lower portion of Gracie. The Banner Mountain Homeowners Association has been working to remove the broom along these roads for five years. Both roads are fire evacuation routes for Banner Mountain. Broom growing along these roadsides can obstruct drivers’ view of side roads, increase the potential of a fire being started from a cigarette being tossed from a passing car, and more importantly, prevent the use of these roads as an evacuation routes in the event of a major fire. Volunteers are meeting in the Mini Mania Parking lot on Gold Flat Rd in Nevada City. This project site is sponsored by the Banner Mountain Homeowners Association. The site coordinator is Chuck Staetz. 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.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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

Deer Creek Environs Trail

Sierra Streams Institute

We will be pulling broom along the Deer Environs Trail on city property. Volunteers will park at the end of Zion Street and walk toward the waste water treatment plant at the end of Jordan Street. We will meat at the trail head at the end of Jordan Street. The project site is sponsored by Sierra Streams Institute. The site coordinator Aviva Fiske. 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.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cement Hill Road

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

Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association

This Scotch Broom Challenge will be in various sites in the Cement Hill Neighborhood. The first targeted area begins near the intersection of Cement Hill Road and Indian Flat Road. Volunteers will meet at the Rood Center near the County Jail and car pool from there. The site coordinator is Susan Wiesner. 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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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

Wolf Creek at Wolf Creek Road

Wolf Creek Community Alliance

Work Continues at Wolf Creek site on Wolf Road to remove broom, and plant native plants along the creek. Volunteers are meeting at the site, between Hwy 49 and Duggan’s rd. This project site is sponsored by the Wolf Creek Community Alliance (WCCA). The site coordinator is Suzanne Ferroggiaro. 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, March 22, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hoyts Crossing

South Yuba River Citizens League

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has been working to protect and restore the Yuba watershed for 30 years. SYRCL has adopted a riparian enhancement site at Hoyt's Crossing on the Bureau of Land Management Land, one mile up stream from the Highway 49 crossing on the South Yuba River. Come join and help SYRCL remove this pesky weed at this popular recreation site along the South Yuba River! This site is sponsored by South Yuba River Citizens League. The site coordinator is Adele Rife. 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 16, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sages Road, North San Juan

Joann & Rusty Fites Kaufman

Work continues along Sages Road to remove the Scotch Broom. This site is sponsored and coordinated by Rusty & Joann Fites Kaufman. 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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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

Meadow Vista

Michelle Hamil

Placer Hills/Sugar Pine Roads. This site is on undeveloped land to the South/East of Placer Hills & Sugar Pine intersections. Site coordinator is Michelle Hamil. 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.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

Hell's Half Acre

Twin Cities Church & FSCNC

Work continues at the Hell’s Half Acre site adjacent to and also on the Twin Cities Church property. Major progress has been made and a new area will be addressed to the West of previous work. Please join us for a day of meeting new people or seeing friends while helping to make our community fire safe. This project site is sponsored by the Twin Cities Church & FSCNC. The project site coordinator is Joanne Drummond. To volunteer on this site or any other site, please register with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County by either registering online www.areyoufiresafe.com or by calling 530-272-1122.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 & Sunday, March 9, 2014

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

Champion Mine Road & NID Ditch Trail

Greater Champion Mine Neighborhood Association

Work continues along Champion Mine Road sponsored by the Greater Champion Mine Neighborhood Association.  The Scotch Broom Challenge pull at this site is on Saturday and Sunday.  This project site is sponsored by Greater Champion Neighborhood Association and Co-sponsored by Nevada County Walkers, Bicyclists of Nevada County & Forest Trails Alliance. 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.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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

Wolf Creek at Wolf Creek Road

Wolf Creek Community Alliance

Work Continues at Wolf Creek site on Wolf Road to remove broom, and plant native plants along the creek. Volunteers are meeting at the site, between Hwy 49 and Duggan’s rd. This project site is sponsored by the Wolf Creek Community Alliance (WCCA). The site coordinator is Suzanne Ferroggiaro. 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.

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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