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Weeds take advantage during drought conditions

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Cheatgrass is one of many invasive weeds that will be discussed at the Weed Warriors Basic Training May 21–22 in Reno,

With this year’s drought, opportunistic weeds are expected to pose major challenges to those managing parks and recreational areas, public lands, ranches, farms and landscapes. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with other partners, has set the final date for its second annual weed management educational events with presentations planned to help Nevadans deal with this year’s weed challenges with the latest information available.

“Invasive weeds can out-compete native vegetation, crops and livestock forage. They can also pose fire hazards, lead to erosion and water quality issues, and impact wildlife habitat,” said Natural Resources Specialist Kent McAdoo with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, who is coordinating the first educational event, the Weed Extravaganza. “It’s important that everyone has the latest information to identify and control these weeds to minimize damage to our lands, wildlife, crops and economy.”

Weed Warrior Basic Training: Reno, Carson City, Gardnerville and Winnemucca, May 21–22

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will offer an introductory-level weed-management training, the Weed Warriors Basic Training, 1 to 5 p.m., May 21 and 8 a.m. to noon, May 22 at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno. The workshops will also be available via videoconference at Cooperative Extension offices in Carson City, Gardnerville and Winnemucca.

This eight-hour, two-day training introduces participants to the principles of Integrated Weed Management and focuses on identifying and managing noxious weeds of local importance. There are more than 30 volunteer-staffed Cooperative Weed Management Areas in Nevada, and Cooperative Extension’s Weed Warrior Program provides the training for many of their volunteers.

At the May 21-22 training, more than 30 species will be discussed, with a focus on 12 high‐priority invasive weeds. Topics will include weed law, identification, biology and control. The fee for the two half-day sessions is $50 and includes program supplies, a binder of weed identification and control information, and refreshments. Preregistration by today is required, and certified pesticide applicators can earn eight continuing education credits for attending. The workshop is supported by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Truckee Meadows Weed Coordinating Group. Contact Melody Hefner at hefnerm@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-4881 for more information or to register.

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to attending any of these weed management educational events.