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2015 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, April 18, 2015

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

Rice's Crossing

Bear Yuba Land Trust

This is the first broom removal at Rice's Crossing, which is 6 miles of Yuba River frontage and connects to 9 miles of publicly owned river. The resulting protected 15 miles of flow through over 8,400 acres of now unified public open space inside the Yuba River Watershed. The site is located just off Pleasant Valley Road, about .5 miles from Bridgeport. Volunteers are meeting at the Pleasant Valley/Highway 20 park n' ride at 8:45. The project site is sponsored by the Bear Yuba Land Trust. The site coordinator is Elias Grant. 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 25, 2015

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

Cascade Shores Diggins

Cascade Shores Firewise Community

This is the first year at the Cascade Shores diggings site by Lost Lake in Cascade Shores. Volunteers are meeting at the Cascade Shores General Store located at 16552 Pasquale Rd, Nevada City. The project site is sponsored by the Cascade Shores Firewise Community. The site coordinator is Joan Hardy. 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 25, 2015

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 Mary Furney. 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 2, 2015 & Sunday, May 3, 2015

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.

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

Rice's Crossing

Bear Yuba Land Trust

This is the first broom removal at Rice's Crossing, which is 6 miles of Yuba River frontage and connects to 9 miles of publicly owned river. The resulting protected 15 miles of flow through over 8,400 acres of now unified public open space inside the Yuba River Watershed. The site is located just off Pleasant Valley Road, about .5 miles from Bridgeport. Volunteers are meeting at the Pleasant Valley/Highway 20 park n' ride at 8:45. The project site is sponsored by the Bear Yuba Land Trust. The site coordinator is Elias Grant. 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 11, 2015

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

Deer Creek Environs Trail

Sierra Streams Institute

We will be pulling broom along the Deer Creek 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 meet at the trail head at the end of Jordan Street. The project site is sponsored by Sierra Streams Institute. The site coordinator Harrison Goldspiel. 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.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Old Nevada City Airport - West Airport Road

Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood

We will be pulling broom along both sides of West Airport Road. The Terrain is mostly level and accessible. The road is approximately 2000 feet long. We will be clearing visible broom from along the roadway starting at the far end of the dead end road. The project site is sponsored by the Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association (GCHNA). The site coordinator 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, April 4, 2015

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

Burton Homestead

Bear Yuba Land Trust

The Scotch Broom Challenge will continue for the 5th year at the Burton Homestead which has a variety of ecosystems including wetlands, large oaks, a meadow, and a network of trails. It has become a community site used for environmental education such as Food Love Project and The Foxwalkers Program. It is also a resource center where all people can learn to be good stewards to the environment. The site location is on Lake Vera Purdon Road, about 0.8 miles from the intersection with N. Bloomfield Road. The project site is sponsored by the Bear Yuba Land Trust. The site coordinator is Elias Grant. 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 28, 2015

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

Independence Trail

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has been working to protect and restore the Yuba watershed for 30 years. 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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

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 21, 2015 & Sunday, March 22, 2015

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, March 14, 2015

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 7, 2015

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

Hirschman's Pond

Sierra Foothills Audubon & 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 the Sierra Foothills Audubon and Sierra Streams Institute. The site coordinator Rachel Durben. 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 7, 2015

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

Hell's Half Acre

Redbud CNPS, Twin Cities Church & FSCNC

Work continues at the Hell’s Half Acre site adjacent to the Twin Cities Church property. Major progress has been made and a new area will be addressed on Adam Avenue. 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 Redbud Chapter of CNPS, the Twin Cities Church & FSCNC. The project site coordinator is Sue Chaplin. 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, 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, 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 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.

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

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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