OGDEN — Groups and individuals are invited to join Ogden Ranger District, Weber Pathways, Ogden Trail Network and Ogden Valley in volunteering next week for the eighth annual Weed Day in Weber County.
The event is in celebration of National Trails Day with the purpose of reducing and eradicating invasive weeds that threaten the local native plant community.
Events are on Thursday, May 7, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Huntsville Guard Station, 6620 E. 100 South, Huntsville; Friday, May 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 29th Street trailhead, Ogden; and Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Eden Park, 2150 N. 5500 East, Eden.
The project area encompasses lands bounded by Weber County on the Mount Ogden Front and Ogden Valley area. Invasive weed species threaten the ecological integrity and biological diversity of plant communities within the project area and have caused adverse impacts to recreation, wildlife and important resource values, according to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Target weeds include dyers woad, dalmation toadflax, myrtle spurge, leafy spurge, yellow starthistle, whitetop, burdock, and hounds tongue. Control methods will include hand-pulling and bagging. Forest Service crews will be using herbicides on-site away from volunteers.
Participants should wear protective clothing, long pants and long sleeve shirts, including gloves and bring lots of drinking water. Some tools will be provided, but it is recommended that volunteers bring their own shovels.
For more information, contact Lisa Thompson, volunteer coordinator for Ogden Ranger District, 801-458-1704; or Rod Kramer, outreach coordinator for Weber Pathways, 801-393-2304.