by Charles Stegner
Beginning at 6:00am on Monday July 13, 2020, a dedicated group of seven volunteer RRAS members braved the heat and met at the Rainbow Owl Preserve (Donald Nelson and Rio Vista location) to eliminate two invasive weed species vigorously growing at the Preserve.
The members brought their own tools, wore masks and practiced social distancing for Covid-19 safety. The objects of the crew were Halogeton Glomeratus (try saying that backwards – or even forwards) and Russian Thistle. These are noxious species that can be lethal to sheep and other livestock, and their seeds could spread to other areas if not removed. Within one hour the team had successfully uprooted all of the offending weeds and looked forward to Tuesday for weeding at the North Rainbow and Jo Marcy location. The second day was equally successful and no further action was needed.
Many thanks to our volunteers who make RRAS the success that it has become. We will announce future maintenance projects at the Rainbow Owl Preserve and greatly appreciate your participation.